Photography adds Lowcountry warmth to security checkpoint


New art on display in the CHS security checkpoint gives the bright, open space a Lowcountry touch of warmth.

Grand photographs taken by nature photographer Tom Blagden now hang above the checkpoint queue. They feature Lowcountry landscapes and historic sites. Among the places on display are the Sheldon Church ruins in Yemassee and the Angel Oak on Johns Island.

The photographs aren't your typical prints, however.The photos are printed on metal in a process called dye sublimation – an image is applied to specially coated ceramics, metals and polyester cloth, using sublimation ink, heat and pressure. Each of the nine images hanging in the security checkpoint is actually made up of three metal panels. A shiny topcoat gives the photography an added visual punch and brightens the colors in each photograph.

In order of appearance as you enter the checkpoint, the art work on display is:

  • White Ibis Roost With Full Moon, Upper ACE Basin
  • Sheldon Church, Yemassee
  • Combahee River Reflections, ACE Basin
  • Sunrise in the Cypress, Rimini Swamp
  • Angel Oak, Johns Island
  • Sea Oats & Storm Clouds, Kiawah Island
  • Black River, Andrews
  • Botany Bay Plantation State Wildlife Management Area, Edisto Island
  • Sunset, Edisto River, ACE Basin

Blagden, who lives in Charleston and Connecticut, has been a professional nature photographer for more than 40 years. His work has concentrated primarily on Maine, South Carolina and Costa Rica. Bladgen’s photographs have appeared in most national conservation calendars, as well as in numerous exhibits and magazines, including the covers of Smithsonian, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, Nature Conservancy, and Sierra.

Blagden is the recipient of the National Outdoor Book Award for his 2003 exhibit-format volume on Acadia National Park. He has served on the boards of The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina and the Lowcountry Land Trust and he leads photography trips rafting down the Grand Canyon. Blagden is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and the North American Nature Photography Association.


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