Following are a few examples from some of the photographic series we have completed. They range from Mr. Barnwell's personal projects to commissions done for museums, historical societies, individuals, and organizations. On commissioned projects, we plan the scope and subject matter together, along with cost parameters, then proceed with the photography (and oral history if desired), to create meaningful images that satisfy both our clients' needs and wishes as well as our own high standards of work. If you have a project in mind, we'd love to talk to you about how we can help.
Jewels of the Southern Coast
Tim spent several weeks along the South Carolina and Georgia coast, mainly in the cities of Charleston and Savannah, photographing structures and locations of significant historical, architectural, and cultural importance. The series, titled "Jewels of the Southern Coast," includes images of courthouses, churches, historic homes, commercial business, cemeteries, and other treasures. A selection of images as published in the prestigious photography magazine, LensWork, as a cover story in the Sept/Oct 2016 issue (copies can be ordered through our SHOP page).
This series was done for the "Portrait of Greenville" project, sponsored by the Greenville County Art Museum. A number of painters were brought in from across the country to create one piece each about the county and its people. As the only photographer, Mr. Barnwell spent weeks exploring Greenville County creating images. The result was an exhibit of about a dozen paintings and fifteen of his photographs. Tim's only guidance was that the images had to be taken within Greenville County, so he had great freedom to find subjects on his own and create photographs that would reflect the area while using his personal vision to decide how to capture and present the subjects.
The "Places & Faces" project was initiated by the Cashiers Historical Society in Cashiers, NC. They had an idea to document the people and places that were historically significant to their area. After seeing Mr. Barnwell's "Hands in Harmony" photographic exhibit at the Asheville Art Museum they contacted him about his participation, as they thought his photographic approach to portraits combined with experience doing oral histories was the perfect fit for their project. He was commissioned to do eight people and places and do interviews with each of the subjects. It was so successful for their organization that they choose more people in subsequent years. Plans are for a book whiich Mr. Barnwell will author.
The Face of Appalachia: Portraits from the Mountain Farm
The Face of Appalachia was Mr. Barnwell's first book, and is still in print some 15 years later. It's combination of portraits, landscapes and oral history interviews fulfilled an idea he had of presenting a way of life that was all but gone in this country. By searching out people doing traditional farming activities in remote mountain regions of southern Appalachia, Tim was able to document and interpret the life of these hardworking and resourceful people. The book contains 100 images along with interviews with the subjects about the activities portrayed and how they thrive in such difficult circumstances.
On Earth's furrowed Brow: The Appalachian Farm in Photographs
Mr. Barnwell's second book of photographs portrays life on the Appalachian farm throughout the seasons. It starts with winter and indoor life and moves through spring planting, summer activities, fall harvest, and getting ready for winter. It combines portraits and landscapes to show the Appalachian farm as it is transformed through planting to harvest and the people who carve out a life on the rugged mountain land. The stories from the subjects range from heart wrenching to inspiring and provide a context to better understand the people who carve out a living here.
Hands in Harmony: Traditional Crafts and Music in Appalachia
Hands in Harmony is a collection of portraits of musicians and craftspeople, both amateur and professional, who work in traditional themes. From oldtime to bluegrass in the music world, and functional to decorative crafts in the handmade world, you will see the people involved portrayed in their homes, studios, and performance venues. You can also learn more about each person, and the history of tradional music and crafts, through the oral history interviews as well as from the biographies Tim wrote for each subject.