Lowcountry: The Natural Landscape
Photographs by Tom Blagden, Jr.
Text by Jane Lareau & Richard Porcher

Lowcountry: The Natural Landscape (Legacy Publications)

Legacy Publications (1988). 104pp. 11.75 x 11.75 inches. Hardcover. ISBN-10: 0-933101-12-0. ISBN-13: 978-0-933101-12-8.

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From the Book Cover

About the Book

Lowcountry — The Natural Landscape is the first exhibit-format volume to celebrate the essence of wilderness embodied in the rivers, forests, swamps, marshes, and barrier islands of South Carolina.

Tom Blagden, Jr., has spent years with camera pursuing its often hidden, always captivating appeal. He succeeds superbly. His expressive photographs expose the inner character of the Lowcountry, revealing for us a natural order of landscapes, textures and eloquent light. The photographs, whether of bird in flight or of calm reflection, convey a resonance of life, a dynamic sense of place unique to this particular world. The images probe beneath the obvious to an aesthetic diversity of panorama and detail.

The richly informative text by Jane Lareau and Richard Porcher adds another dimension to the visual narrative. In addition to the natural history, the authors provide a human history of land use and abuse. We discover the Lowcountry is, and always has been, a land of transition and transformation, shaped by centuries of human exploitation and natural forces. We learn, too, that these extensive reserves and refuges are a treasure with an uncertain future. The great accomplishment of this volume is that it immerses us in the essence of the Lowcountry…lets it creep into our bloodstream and flow closer to our hearts, bonding us to our heritage and the spirit of the land and its waters.

— John Henry Dick, Dixie Plantation

About the Authors

Tom Blagden, Jr., a professional nature photographer, has lived in the Lowcountry since 1977. Born and raised in New England, Tom studied photography and psychology at Harvard University, where he received his B.A. in 1974. His photographs have appeared in Time-Life and Reader's Digest books and such publications as Audubon, National Wildlife, and Sierra and Audubon calendars. Tom has had numerous exhibits of his work and his prints are represented in many private and corporate collections. When not at home in Charleston, South Carolina, Tom photographs in Costa Rica, where he and his wife, Lynn, have a small farm on the Pacific coast.

Richard D. Porcher, a native of Berkeley County, South Carolina, is Professor of Biology at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Porcher holds a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in biology. He is the author of A Field Guide to The Bluff Plantation Wildlife Sanctuary and has written numerous articles on rice culture and flora of the Lowcountry.

Jane Lareau is a former reporter, editor and public relations director whose free-lance work has been published in national, state and local magazines. Her interest in the natural history of South Carolina stems from her childhood in Sumter South Carolina. She has spent many years working to protect the Lowcountry's environment through such groups as the Sierra Club and the National Audubon Society. A graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Journalism, she lives in Charleston.

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