MOBY {My Own Back Yard} with Backroads

I’ve had the pleasure of shooting in some pretty amazing locations for Backroads over the past few years, so I have to admit, when I was asked to shoot a trip closer to home, I felt slightly disappointed that it wasn’t say Turkey or Croatia (just slightly, because after all it’s a Backroads trip, and they are all amazing!). How dumb of me!!! I just spent a week cycling and photographing in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and I can’t believe it’s all been within two hours or less of the place I have (somewhat begrudgingly…dumb, dumb, dumb again) called home for the past three years. Over five days we made our way from the Blue Ridge Parkway and Asheville, North Carolina through Saluda, NC, the Greenville Watershed, Traveler’s Rest, and The Swamp Rabbit Trail into Greenville, South Carolina. I hope these shots will inspire you to take this trip with Backroads or explore more of the area on your own (or explore more of your own backyard!).

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Greenville, South Carolina: Voted one of Outside magazine’s Top Ten Towns

In October, Greenville, South Carolina will be featured in Outside magazine’s Best Towns issue. I have a shot that will be in that issue, but neither of these two are it. When it comes to downtown Greenville, I think these two things (well, three counting that the suspension bridge and the waterfall are in one shot) are quintessential images of our charming city. There will probably be a version of the falls and the bridge in the upcoming issue captured by another photographer, but this is where I get to post mine. Enjoy y’all!

Liberty Bridge on the Reedy River in downtown Greenville, South Carolina.

Costa Rica: A Family-Style, Multisport Trip with Backroads

I spent a week in April with several fabulous families, bouncing around Costa Rica doing all sorts of fun stuff. Here is a post of some of the highlights. Oh, for the record, I ate a termite. On purpose. Our guide fed them to us. Pura Vida!

The Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, South Carolina

I’ve been doing quite a bit of work for The Peace Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Greenville, South Carolina recently, so I thought I would put together a little blog post with some of the work. Their new lounge, Genevieve’s, has some great food and a good bar. There is always a great show or performance of some sort going on. The theater images in this post were captured during the Matt Hires concert, the Matchbox Twenty concert and the Broadway performance of Billy Elliot. Once the weather warms up, there is a great outdoor stage on the river, too. You can see shots of that from opening night in a previous post.

 

 

 

 

2002: Costa Rica Revisited

You read that right—Two Thousand Two. Eleven years ago. I took these snapshots long before the idea of being a professional photographer ever occurred to me. I had just happily checked out of the real world and was embarking on a trip around the real, real-world; starting with a few weeks in Costa Rica. The around-the-world travels got the kibosh, but I had a few great weeks of surfing, hiking and living the pura vida in a tree house. This was two years before I made the decision to go to Brooks Institute of Photography. So why am I posting these photos now? Well, I am going back to Costa Rica in a few weeks to shoot an adventure travel trip for Backroads and I got to thinking about the last time I was there. I had to dig for these old film scans. After I looked through them I thought, “why not post these?”. It’s funny to look at them. There was something a little heartbreaking about looking through these old images. Sure there was the old boyfriend, who I tried to edit out for the most part (out of respect for him and his family, not for me), but that’s not the heartbreak I’m talking about. I’m talking about seeing the young, carefree optimism in the eyes and smile of a young woman, and the body of a young woman who surfed everyday and lived on tropical fruit and fish tacos—my old young-body; my old optimism-infused smile. Of course those observations might not make much sense to the viewer here, because I’m not posting those images of myself. But I am posting the ones I took with those eyes, that body. May you stay forever young.

PS: If you’re a fan of Brenda Ernst Photography on Facebook, you can see one of those awkward crop-out-the-ex photos.

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