Charleston Strong

I was in Charleston over the weekend on a personal trip and found out about the “Bridge to Peace” unity walk. They expected 5,000-6,000 people to cross the iconic Arthur Ravenel Bridge at sunset to symbolize the city’s unity after the horrific massacre last week. I decided to go along and photograph my experience. Seeing so many people all come together at the same time with the same peaceful purpose was powerful and energizing. The local paper estimated 10,000-15,000 people attended.

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Remembered

I feel like I’ve been going to a lot of vigils lately. Taking photos of people praying or crying always makes me uneasy. I find myself wondering if the pictures will actually help “raise awareness” or if I am just unnecessarily intruding on people’s grief. I have to believe that keeping people talking about domestic violence issues can only help, and I appreciate the families and friends of victims for letting the press spread the stories of their loved ones. Below: Laura Evans was allegedly shot and killed by her estranged husband, and was remembered by friends and family during a vigil at Appomattox High School.

Brown Thursday

I don’t support this new trend but I had to cover it anyway. Brown Thursday, as it has been called, is a clear violation of America’s favorite holiday in terms of food. Going out at 7 or 8 pm and waiting in line until midnight is just crazy enough to be fun. Having stores open at 5 and 6 pm ruins all that. They don’t even pass out stuffing or cranberry sauce while you are in line.