I just returned from what was likely my final trip for photography on this project. It has been a part of my life for so long, it will be difficult to put it down.
The image above is from the 17th Charleston Middle Passage Remembrance ceremony on Sullivan’s Island, S.C. The Middle Passage was the leg of the triangular trade route that transported slaves from Africa across the Atlantic to the New World.
The photography may be finished, but there is still much to do.
The limited edition book is in the process of being designed and final image selections are being discussed. I recently sat down with Washington Post photographer and 3-time Pulitzer Prize winner Michel duCille for an editing session. His insight and critique has been a great help in narrowing down the images. We are anticipating a book print date sometime in September.
In the coming days, I will begin to fulfill all of the rewards for people who contributed money to the project during the Kickstarter campaign. Those of you who have prints coming will have the opportunity to select the one that you prefer. I will contact you directly by email with information on how to select your image.
Those of you who are slated to receive digital copies of the book will receive them soon after the book is finalized and sent to press.
I will select my top 10 favorite images for those of you scheduled to receive screen resolution images from the project. You will receive the images as a compressed archive by email.
The New York Times LENS Blog has published a selection of images from Shadows of the Gullah Geechee.
LENS is the photography blog of The New York Times, showcasing photographs, videos and slideshows.
You can see the slideshow as well as the story they wrote about the project at the link below.
When I was preparing for my last trip, I came across a news article about a Gullah community in Charleston County, S.C., that seemed like a flashback to the past.
A developer wants to put a gate across the road that leads to the Bulow Landing public boat ramp, where the local Gullah community likes to crab and fish. The area is also home to an old, but still active, Gullah cemetery.
The situation is reminiscent of Hilton Head Island, where developers gated their communities, cutting the Gullah off from their traditional fishing and burial grounds. As a result, the Gullah must pay or request permission to access their cemeteries to tend the graves or bury relatives.