I know you’re going to say that I am stuck in South Carolina mode, but there is just so much in that area of the world that appeals to the photographer’s eye (not that I’m an expert by any means). For instance, I was very fascinated by the art of sweetgrass basketry, and on numerous occasions I asked permission to photograph the artists at work. I could have watched them for hours because their expertise is such that I’m sure they could make these baskets in their sleep. The sweetgrass basket art form was brought to the US in the latter half of the seventeenth century by West Africans who adapted the basketry traditions of their homeland to the available indigenous materials to make work baskets that were needed on the rice plantations.
This lady was very special. We talked to her for quite a while because she was so fascinating, and she explained the basket making craft to us in great detail. I admired her calm nature, especially when I found out that she had raised around 8 or 10 children!! And yes, in case you are wondering, of course I brought home a basket! 🙂