Jonathan Jackson is a Charleston-based photographer who specializes in coastal landscapes and wetlands. However, some of his most popular works are his photographs of local ruins, such as this photo of Prince Frederick's Church, a hard-to-find ruin located in Plantersville, SC. Construction on the church began in 1857 but was interrupted by the Civil War so it wasn't completed until 1877. When the rice industry collapsed after the war, the planter class moved away and the church was left to crumble.
"I started shooting the ruins just out of bizarre sense of preservation," Jonathan says. "While Charleston's preserved historic district is amazing, I noticed so much outside the city that deserved attention. That caused me to find these old ruins that I just found absolutely fascinating. Some of them I have research a ton to find, and others are fairly well known. I love the thought that when you look at a ruin, you can see it as it was, in your own mind. And everyone's view is different. I guess I just found something that exercised my intellectual desire to seek and find, and my photographic desire to record, and document in an artistic way, how beautiful the past can be, even when it's been forgotten."
Jonathan's Tip: To visit the ruins of Prince Frederick's Church, use GPS coordinates 33.505882, -79.180379
While Charleston is always beautiful, there are moments that the landscapes are unearthly or just plain magical. Jonathan specializes in capturing those moments.
Jonathan's work was recently featured in Wendy Nilsen Pollitzer's book, Charleston Salt and Iron.
Artist Reception for Jonathan Jackson
We'd like to invite you to meet Jonathan and learn more about his work this Friday, June 17th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jonathan's unframed prints range from $12 - $59, and framed prints range from $75 - $250, Photos on metal and canvas range from $125 to $345.