The view from Clemson, South Carolina. We were behind the shopping center watching in awe. The orange light is the street lights that had come on, the cicadas and crickets were all beginning to chirp. It was amazing!!
I began photographing here in 2007 while visiting my old high school friend Mike Feagans in South Carolina. I spent a few hours early one morning wandering around the bar. Later I found out it was the longest continuous bar open in the state. A day later I met the owner Ms. Romaine and managed to photograph inside the bar.
This same afternoon after much talking I managed to get Ms. Romaine to sit for a portrait inside the bar. It was not an easy task but was well worth the effort.
In 2015 I was back to visit again and was able to catch a great portrait of her again. She was 91 years old at the time and still running the bar. She would probably kill me if she saw this portrait but I love it.
Well last Saturday we headed up to try and photograph the interior one more time and hope to get a portrait of Ms. Romaine again since she is now 93 years old. It was on of the saddest days I have experienced lately.
It had burned down 2 weeks earlier. I know there are a lot of bikers who will miss this great place. I have so many memories of it and will miss it greatly too. The stage across the street has a few pieces that they were able to remove from the ashes and bikers have begun to hang dollar bills from the ceiling in memory. I doubt she had any insurance and it will probably never be rebuilt.
I know at her age she must be devastated, it is all she has known for so long. Say a little prayer for her. I will stop by and see her the next time I’m there.
Hattaway Farms is right on US 27 headed to Apalachicola. I had stopped last October to try to photograph these silos and nobody was around. This trip I got lucky and they were just starting work. The manager told to help myself. I really enjoyed this shoot but the weather was not great. I will stop again next time.
The iomage was a 5 shot HDR processed in Photomatix Pro, then tweaked in lightroom, then on to Silver Efex Pro for the black and white conversion.