The Year in Photos / by South Carolina photojournalist Sean Rayford
South Carolina FloodingANDREWS, SC: OCTOBER 9 - Davey Morris stands in front of his next door neighbors' house in Andrews, South Carolina. The state of South Carolina experienced record rainfall amounts over the weekend but floodwaters continue to affect communities as they move out to sea. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
In Andrews, South Carolina on October 9, 2015 Davey Morris showed me around his neighborhood where floodwaters from the Black River were slowly eating up the homes on his street. At 8339 Gapway Ln., where the street had become a boat ramp, residents kept tabs on the slowly rising water with orange spray paint on the asphalt. It was still rising.
Twenty fifteen was a trying time for the state of South Carolina. A murder-suicide at the USC, the shooting of Walter Scott, a church massacre in downtown Charleston, debate and protest concerning the Confederate battle flag, a KKK rally and then twenty inches of rain. Here's what twenty fifteen looked like through my lens.
I'm freelance photojournalist in Columbia, SC working with the New York Times, Getty Images, The Associated Press and The State Newspaper. Thanks for the opportunity to do my thing.
World Beer Festival PhotosWorld Beer Festival in Columbia, SC. January 17, 2015
cgdytfhjv5625361AIKEN, SC - DECEMBER 12, 2015: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the crowd at a town hall meeting Friday, December 12, 2015, in Aiken, South Carolina. The South Carolina Republican primary is scheduled for February 20, 2016. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) 595247853srAIKEN, SC - DECEMBER 12, 2015: Jim Yates, a Donald Trump supporter from Laurens, South Carolina cheers for the candidate before a town hall meeting Saturday, December 12, 2015 in Aiken, South Carolina. The South Carolina Republican primary is scheduled for February 20, 2016. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) South Carolina FootballNew South Carolina head football coach Will Muschamp stands in the tunnel at Williams Brice Stadium Monday, December 7, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. Muschamp was officially introduced today as the new coach of the Gamecocks. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford) 595247853SR001_MT. PLEASANT, SC - DECEMBER 7, 2015: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the crowd at a Pearl Harbor Day Rally at the U.S.S. Yorktown Monday, December 7, 2015 in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. The South Carolina Republican primary is scheduled for February 20, 2016. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) Lexington vs. Northwestern Football State Championship GameLexington fans react after a first half interception against Northwestern in Saturday night's Class 4A, Division II championship game at Williams Brice Stadium. 12/12/15 Graduation RatesBrandon Whitener listens to Berea High School teacher Chris Looper during a twelfth grade U.S. government class Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 in Greenville, S.C. In Greenville, S.C. graduation rates have recently seen a dramatic increase over the last three years, leaping to 84 percent from 72 percent. Confederate FaggArt Bar Christmas Party in Columbia, South Carolina. Photo by Columbia SC photographer Sean Rayford Famously Hot New Years in Columbia, SC PhotosFamously Hot New Years in Columbia, SC - Photo by Columbia SC photographer Sean Rayford Famously Hot New Years in Columbia, SC PhotosFamously Hot New Years in Columbia, SC - Photo by Columbia SC photographer Sean Rayford
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