‘Condemned, Ashepoo River’ By Eliot Dudik


An Update from Eliot Dudik (12 July 2011):

I drove by here last weekend, and the “condemned” house is now gone… This is what my project is about. Although I knew it was to happen sooner or later, it was incredibly painful to see the house and trees gone, and instead a flattened dirt expanse.


Photograph by Eliot Dudik, and his description of the image: “The title is: ‘Condemned, Ashepoo River’. It is part of the series, ROAD ENDS IN WATER, which has now been published. This shot is taken about 30 feet from highway 17, right as it crosses over the Ashepoo River. I am told that the widening of Highway 17 is causing this house to be torn down, hence the title.” (Image posted with permission, click on image for larger view).


Recently several people contacted me to let me know about Dudik’s images taken along the Highway 17 corridor in South Carolina. His images are beautiful – hauntingly so – there’s a quiet in them that reflects the grace of landscape, and a bit of sadness too, at what is being lost – and what will be lost if we are not more prudent. He has published a book this year of these images – Road Ends in Water – and he will be displaying many of these images at the Edisto Book Store this weekend, and I plan to stop by. Here is a bit about Dudik, from his website:

Eliot Dudik is a fine art photographer working in a large format documentary style. His first monograph, ROAD ENDS IN WATER, was published in 2010. Eliot graduated cum laude from the College of Charleston in 2007, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Anthropology and a Bachelors of Art in Art History. He received his Masters of Fine Art in photography with honors at the Savannah College of Art and Design 2010.


Road Ends in Water
Photographs by Eliot Dudik
SAGA Publishing, 2010. 96 pp., 38 color illustrations, 11×8½”

From his website:

Change is descending upon an otherwise quiet, unhurried, unobtrusive, place. The main highway, U.S. Route 17, that bisects South Carolina’s ‘lowcountry,’ is being widened to accommodate commerce, tourists, and urban refugees. Not only are many homes, some historic, disappearing before the tracked blades of expansion, …but also the newer, faster thoroughfare encourages greater disregard and obliviousness to the charm and culture the basin harbors.


Please read more about Eliot Dudik and his photography at Magenta Magazine (2 December 2010) and Fraction Magazine.