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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Galleries >> Gallery Eighty-seven: Impressions of Charleston, South Carolina > John C. Calhoun’s tomb, St. Philip’s Graveyard, Charleston, South Carolina, 2013
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John C. Calhoun’s tomb, St. Philip’s Graveyard, Charleston, South Carolina, 2013

Calhoun’s massive tomb suggests his pervasive impact on US history during the first half of the 19th century. Calhoun served in the House of Representatives, the Senate, as Secretary of War, Secretary of State, and as the seventh Vice President of the United States. He agitated for war against the British in 1812 and against Mexico in 1846. More importantly, although he died eleven years before the civil war, he was a fierce advocate for slavery and states rights, and ultimately pointed the South towards secession from the Union. His tomb in St. Philip’s Graveyard is as large as his reputation, and I use its geometry to fill the entire frame here. I moved in on the horizontal inscription from the side with a 28mm wideangle lens and framed it vertically, anchoring the photograph at the right hand edge with an ornate Victorian column. The gray tomb made for a purely monochromatic image, prompting me to convert the photograph to black and white.

FujiFilm X10
1/300s f/2.8 at 7.1mm iso100 full exif

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Phil Douglis03-Sep-2013 20:02
I chose this angle of view to emphasize the powerful ornate column at right. The balance of the image flows into it from the left. Gritty is a perfect word, Iris. The texture of the granite is rough and streaked with the marks of time. The entire image speaks of power and authority, echoing the nature of the man entombed within.
Iris Maybloom (irislm)03-Sep-2013 00:26
I love the angle of view in this image and the gritty black and white conversion.
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