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Overnight shooting in Columbia's Vista at closing time

September 16, 2017 - After talking with law enforcement outside of The Empire Supper Club on Lady St. in the Vista early Saturday morning, a...
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Photos: North Florida's fight with Hurricane Irma

September 14, 2017 - Yesterday in Middleburg, Florida, covered in strands of Spanish Moss and various pieces of foliage, I paddled up to the...
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Photos: Irma causes record flooding in Jacksonville, FL

September 12, 2017 - Yesterday, after weathering Hurricane Irma in Daytona Beach, FL, I started driving towards the Tampa Bay area to see the...
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Photos: Blow-up doll "Judy" welcomes Hurricane Irma to Daytona Beach

September 11, 2017 - Just before curfew was enacted due to Hurricane Irma yesterday in Daytona Beach, a blow-up doll named Judy, attached to...
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Photos: Hurricane Irma and Doyle at the Daytona Beach Pier

September 10, 2017 - As Hurricane Irma migrated north, throwing bands of wind and rain across the sunshine state on Sunday, I encountered a l...
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Photos: Hurricane Irma approaches Daytona Beach

September 10, 2017 - My folks have been living in Flagler County, Florida off and on for twenty years now. I spent a couple summers during co...
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Protestors, pirates, politicians, giant weiner highlight Chapin parade

September 04, 2017 - As republican senator Lindsey Graham rolled by a group of demonstrators from the back seat of a white convertible in Cha...
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Photos: Friday night at Hoechella - Columbia, SC

August 27, 2017 - So far this weekend, I’ve made photos at an Apache helicopter team’s deployment to Afghanistan, a youth golf skills tour...
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"Disgruntled" worker shoots and kills one in Charleston

August 24, 2017 - The Charleston Post and Courier reports that a 'disgruntled' worker entered Virginia's on King in Charleston, SC during...
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Photos: Sneak attack finishing move on the dance floor

August 24, 2017 - It was a sneak attack from behind. Energized by the crowd’s appreciation for his jive, sporting a black fanny pack and a...
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Photos: Total Solar Eclipse - Columbia Fireflies vs. Rome Braves

August 22, 2017 - Yesterday I got to pick where I went to cover the the great American eclipse of 2017. I chose minor league baseball. J...
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Photos: Soda City preps for eclipse

August 21, 2017 - I hear something weird is going on this afternoon in Columbia, SC. Here's how folks prepared. Photos: Tourists Flock To...
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Photos: Billboard battles lasers on banks of the Congaree

August 20, 2017 - Last night hundreds gathered on the eastern banks of the Congaree to take in a laser light installation that will cris c...
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Photos: Unite the Right Rally Turns Deadly - Charlottesville, VA

August 13, 2017 - “GET IN THERE AND FIGHT!!!” yelled a white supremacist as I ducked behind a front line of alt-right “infantryman,” clutc...
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Soda Citizen: Mike Busbee

July 27, 2017 - Mike Busbee and I made this photo for an interview as part of a regular series with Columbia artists. We never got aroun...
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SUV knocked off corner of Gervais St. Bridge, flash floods strand motorists

July 24, 2017 - Isis Davis was working her shift at Palmetto Outdoor yesterday evening waiting for customers to return tubes after a tri...
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Sipping on Capri Sun backstage at Girls Rock (Photos)

July 23, 2017 - While I overheard one comment that the green room wasn’t even green, I saw no other dissatisfaction from anyone backstag...
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First Week: Duck Donuts [photos]

July 15, 2017 - Some of my earliest memories from childhood involve eating donuts in the Australian Outback. My family had moved from Ma...
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Photos: Activists Raise Confederate Flag At SC Statehouse 2 Years After Its Removal

July 11, 2017 - “LOOK AT THOSE SNOWFLAKES WITH THEIR PARTICIPATION TROPHY! BOOOOOO!!!!!!” shouts a protestor with a bull horn as a man d...
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Photo of the Day: Debbie and the Skanks at NBT

July 09, 2017 - Deborah Adedokun and Joe Buck Roberts perform at New Brookland Tavern Saturday night in West Columbia, SC on July 8, 201...
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Emo Night Columbia: #SelfiesWithStrangersMakingOut

July 08, 2017 - In 2015, a New Brookland Tavern staffer took a photo of himself standing near a couple sucking face, posted it on Instag...
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Grown Up Kids Slip-n-Slide, Bang Snaps to the Face

July 05, 2017 - “We’re from Sumter!” yells Leia Richardson while holding a garden hose from the top of her front yard yesterday afternoo...
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Photos: American Dream Car & Bike Show with Plies, Jeezy and Rick Ross

July 03, 2017 - Before yesterday I hadn’t been to a car and bike show concert combination since I was the de facto “manager” of a rap gr...
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Photos: Lake Murray Fourth of July Boat Parade

July 02, 2017 - Adorned with a few American flags and some streamers, a single boat passed by a few families who had gathered yesterday...
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Photos: Party at the Library - Columbia, SC

July 01, 2017 - “Sarah created this amazing sea monster that was grabbing a boat and it was delivering it from the sky. Our monsters… mi...
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Photo of the Day - Woodwright’s Shop Host Roy Underhill

June 27, 2017 - Roy Underhill talks with a crowd at the Columbia Museum of Art as a guest of the museum's ArtBreak program this morning...
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"Feels like 100" - Photos: Charleston Summer Shindig

June 25, 2017 - Outside of a recent trip to the Apple store — because even though Augusta has one, Columbia doesn’t — yesterday was my f...
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Photos: Make Music Day in Columbia SC

June 22, 2017 - If you passed through Five Points in Columbia yesterday you may have seen Joe Robinson celebrating Make Music Day walkin...
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Soda Citizen: Tyler Morris Listens to Phish

June 16, 2017 - Sean: If you are eating peanut butter, how or with what are you putting it in your mouth? Tyler: With a spoon. Or in a...
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Photos: Confederate Memorial Day - Columbia, SC

May 10, 2017 - A small group of men and women stand around the Confederate Monument at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, SC. W...
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Photos: March for Science - Columbia, SC

April 24, 2017 - In coordination with Earth Day celebrations on Saturday hundreds of cities across the globe participated in pro-science...
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Photos: Antiwar Protestors Piss Off Old Man

April 13, 2017 - I wasn't out in front of the South Carolina Statehouse again for a another protest. The antiwar protestors just happene...
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Photos: New Millwood Ave. Mural Connects Artists with Neighborhood

April 02, 2017 - Watching four street artists as they painted a new mural on Millwood Ave., a 59 year-old neighborhood man sat across the...
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Photos: Town Hall meeting with Sen. Lindsey Graham - Columbia, SC

March 26, 2017 - Some hide -- U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-SC. Some plant supporters in the front rows and have donut holes and coffee -- Tom...
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Photos: Town Hall with Sen. Lindsey Graham

March 05, 2017 - "No. No. Don't give him the microphone. No. No. No," pleaded one of Sen. Lindsey Graham's staffers from the side of the...
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Photos: Spirit of America Rally! Fake News?

February 27, 2017 - Shawn Herzog (below) helped to organize a pro-Trump rally on President's Day a week ago in Red Bank, SC. On Monday, he j...
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Photos: Donut Holes and Drama at Florence Town Hall Meeting

February 24, 2017 - Last night’s town hall meeting with Rep. Tom Rice in Florence, SC was a bit more boisterous than than last week’s dual t...
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Photos: The People's March on Columbia, SC

February 21, 2017 - In January of last year, Henry McMaster, then lieutenant governor of the state of South Carolina, introduced then candid...
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Photos: One detained by police at Wells Fargo during NoDAPL protest in Columbia, SC

February 04, 2017 - Holding a pink protest sign that read, "I Stand with Standing Rock," and some paperwork from the bank, Stephanie Godbolt...
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Soda Citizen: Lindsey Vidal, back from church retreat with pink hair

January 07, 2017 - Sean: Everybody is talking about snow on Saturday. What are you gonna do if it snows? Lindsay Vidal: I hope all my appo...
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Photos: New Year's Eve at New Brookland Tavern

January 01, 2017 - Three hundred and sixty-four days to do something this year.
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Year in Review: 2016 - Photos by Sean Rayford

December 31, 2016 - In 2016 I learned about tear gas, the superpowers of fishing waders and my need for a chainsaw. Here are 55 photos that...
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Photos: Surfing Santas take over Cocoa Beach, Florida

December 25, 2016 - In 2009 George Trosset, joined by his son and wife, dressed up as Santas on Christmas Eve to surf the waves at Cocoa Bea...
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Dave Chamberlain begins 19,000 mile Forrest Gump Run with trip to Waffle House

December 19, 2016 - Dave Chamberlain is running across the world. Two weeks ago he began the latest leg of his journey, a 19,000 mile "Forre...
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Soda Citizen: Jessica Bornick - Accomplice in high school paddle theft

December 14, 2016 - Sean: Have you ever had an imaginary friend? Jessica Bornick: No. If you had an imaginary friend, we’d need a name and...
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Soda Citizen: Josh Bumgarner vs. the Giant Duck

December 13, 2016 - Sean: Would you rather fight one donkey-sized duck or 100 duck sized donkeys? Josh Bumgarner: I’d probably go with the...
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Soda Citizen: Aaron Graves on What Makes a Good Donut

December 12, 2016 - Sean: What makes a good donut? Aaron Graves: A good yeast donut or a cake donut, you can dunk it. The cake or the yeast...
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Photos: Anti-Trump Protest in Columbia, SC

November 12, 2016 - Just before I left Friday night's Anti-Trump protest in downtown Columbia, a couple hundred demonstrators held hands on...
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Photos: Gunpowder Residue on Last Day of the Trump Campaign

November 08, 2016 - "Do you photograph fireworks or some other substance with gunpowder?" asks a friendly secret service agent named John in...
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"Inundated" - A visual journey through historic flooding in 2015

September 29, 2016 - Not long after light broke on the morning of October 5 of last year, I pulled a u-turn at Harden and Gervais streets. On...
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Photos: Fifth night of Charlotte protests draws large youth crowd, families, remains peaceful

September 25, 2016 - At two a.m. this morning outside of the Omni Hotel in uptown Charlotte, NC, the fifth straight day of protests ended wit...
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Photos: Pride in the City - Columbia, SC

September 04, 2016 - Yesterday morning I got up at four a.m. to drive over to Gate 2 at Fort Jackson. Another in many recent newspaper assign...
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Photos: Hoechella showers West Columbia in Glitter

August 28, 2016 - If you attended the second day of Hoechella on Saturday at New Brookland in West Columbia you'll probably remember it as...
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Photos: Football means that Halloween is coming

August 22, 2016 - There was a high of ninety one today in Columbia, SC and my roommate remarked how nice it was when he walked out of the...
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Capitalist at house show convinces photojournalist to change career goals

August 08, 2016 - When I ran into Summer Ruisseaux on Friday night at New Brookland Tavern she was a bit apprehensive about hosting a hous...
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Donald Trump pig effigy confiscated on final night of RNC

July 24, 2016 - Just before sundown during the final day the 2016 Republican National Convention a young boy wandered up and down a sect...
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Photos: A dissident, cameraman, po-po shit sandwich - On the streets at the RNC

July 20, 2016 - "NAZI SCUM!...OFF OUR STREETS! NAZI SCUM!...OFF OUR STREETS! NAZI SCUM!...OFF OUR STREETS! I can hear protestors in the...
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Photos: Welcome to Cleveland. Welcome to the RNC

July 18, 2016 - "Bicycle! Bicycle! Bicycle! I want to ride my bicycle! Bicycle. Bicycle! I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride my bi...
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Photos: Take-Aways from last night's march in Columbia

July 11, 2016 - I started my Sunday morning covering a Confederate flag rally on the statehouse grounds for The Post & Courier. I went t...
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Charleston Couple Embarks on Epic Road Trip

July 01, 2016 - “I think living in Charleston you get caught up — being ' house poor ' — I think they call it. We have always been conce...
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That time I threw 50 cheddar cheese cubes into the crowd

June 24, 2016 - Back when Susto's Justin Osborne fronted Charleston's Sequoyah Prep School I used to tend bar at New Brookland Tavern wh...
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About Last Night: How I Shot It - Say Brother at New Brookland

May 23, 2016 - I've been shooting shows at New Brookland Tavern in West Columbia since 1998. That's ridiculous and I don't know how I f...
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What I learned about street photography last weekend in New York City

April 08, 2016 - Last weekend I stopped back through New York City on my return trip south during a 2,588 mile road tour on the East Coas...
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"Tour Brain" with Slingshot Dakota - THURSDAY night at New Brookland

April 06, 2016 - One of my favorite memories during my days as a bartender at New Brookland Tavern was a Slingshot Dakota show. So when I...
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Getting Trail Legs in the Appalachian Mountains - #AvoidPollen 2016

April 05, 2016 - "Patch," a farmer from Indiana and thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail, looks out towards the Peaks of Otter from the Bl...
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Sea Farming in Rhode Island - #AvoidPollen in the Ocean State

April 01, 2016 - "This dog's name is Clamcake, you don't get more Rhode Island than that," explains Steve Medgyesy, who handles marketing...
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"They got an enemy. The eagle... and hawk." #AvoidPollen in Hartford, CT

March 31, 2016 - Armando feeds the pigeons just outside of the "Ancient Buriual Ground" at The First Church of Christ in downtown Hartfor...
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#AvoidPollen in New York City

March 29, 2016 - "Those select few through time who are willing to go out into chaos, with some high hopes of interacting with a moment w...
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Photos: The 2016 New York City Easter Parade

March 28, 2016 - I wouldn't call it a parade, definitely more like a meandering. But what do I know, I’m just another asshole with a came...
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Photo Talk: Mountaintop conversation with a multi-millioniare Israeli Mechanic

March 26, 2016 - “I can buy any car. I'm a multi-millionaire," explains Nesse Cohen from a lookout point on the Skyline Drive in Virginia...
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Avoid Pollen: Escape to the Blue Ridge Parkway

March 25, 2016 - Yesterday in Laurel Springs, VA and in the heart of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Wild Woody's opened their doors for the firs...
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People watching like it's my job: Five Points on St. Pat's - Photos

March 20, 2016 - I imagine The Drive by Truckers have seen some interesting things in their days. Despite that, Saturday evening they tha...
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Shamelessly Hot - Burlesque on State Street

February 13, 2016 - "The word deflowered sounds like this pretty word but it's like this horrible thing. Some bad thing that somebody does t...
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"American Hero" makes appearance at Columbia Mardi Gras parade

February 07, 2016 - You may remember Matt Buck as the sousaphone player who trolled members of Ku Klux Klan during their July rally at the S...
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Tuesday Night at the The Nick : "Everybody Street"

February 01, 2016 - One of the first photographers we meet in Cheryl Dunn's Everybody Street is a gentleman with a thick accent named Boogie...
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World News: King Day at the Dome - Columbia, SC

January 19, 2016 - On Martin Luther King Day and just in front of the Confederate monument at the South Carolina State House, members of th...
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The Year in Photos / by South Carolina photojournalist Sean Rayford

January 07, 2016 - In Andrews, South Carolina on October 9, 2015 Davey Morris showed me around his neighborhood where floodwaters from the...
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In Photos: Soda Citizens Celebrate Famously Hot New Year

January 01, 2016 - I felt for the folks last night celebrating New Year's Eve when I watched a girl finish a Bud Light at the front of the...
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A Photographer's Guide to Christmas Vacation in North Florida

December 28, 2015 - What did Santa bring you this year? He brought me fog. And I think I like fog more than Spanish moss. And I love Spanis...
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Jam Room Celebrates Christmas with Confederate Fagg

December 21, 2015 - Last night at the Art Bar, in a somewhat surprise appearance, Teabag Balzac, Spanky Swatnasty, Packer and Lady Miss Mang...
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Photos in the News: Nov. 29 - Dec. 5, 2015

December 07, 2015 - It was day three of my flood coverage when the sun came back out. I woke up early and photographed the attempts to repai...
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Photos in the News: Nov. 22-28, 2015

November 29, 2015 - All the lights were off in the room where I saw Prince and Sugar Ray in 1997. Not in the same evening though. For the ne...
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Photos in the News: November 15-21, 2015

November 23, 2015 - A week ago this morning, I was preparing to cover a student organized walkout and protest at the University of South Car...
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Photos in the News: November 8-14, 2015

November 16, 2015 - After more than a decade doggy paddling through the world of freelance photojournalism and a news filled year in South C...
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Seriously Mysterious: Tuesday Night in New Orleans

November 03, 2015 - Last Tuesday night I spent my evening wandering on the eastern edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans. My first stop...
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Say Brother guitarist delivers baby at Halloween Party

November 01, 2015 - "I didn't even know I was preggers," said Say Brother guitarist Zach Morrison out back of New Brookland on Halloween nig...
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Avoid Highways: Dallas to New Orleans - Photos

October 27, 2015 - After dropping my tuxedo off with the concierge at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas I jumped back i...
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Columbia to New Orleans to Shreveport to Dallas

October 23, 2015 - Since Sunday, I've been meandering across the southeastern United States, spending most of my time in New Orleans. The w...
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Minus the Spurrier - "Someone has to take, take, take the wheel now man"

October 16, 2015 - From behind the bar at New Brookland Tavern on Monday night, a War Eagle bartender tapped me on the shoulder as The Fish...
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Photos: Opening Night at the 2015 South Carolina State Fair

October 15, 2015 - As I walk past the newly raised rocket on opening night at the South Carolina State Fair, a man with a selfie stick trie...
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"Studies show that riding a bicycle makes you more awesome than the general population"

September 30, 2015 - According to many of the world's best BMX riders - Rock Hill, South Carolina is home to one of the best BMX facilities i...
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It's BO Time! The Bojangles' Southern 500 - Darlington, SC

September 09, 2015 - By the time the Southern 500 began in Darlington, SC on Sunday I had already been at the track for nine hours and met my...
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"Struck out three times. Made an error that lost the game."

August 19, 2015 - "The biggest thrill a ballplayer can have is when your son takes after you. That happened when my Bobby was in his champ...
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Robot Photographer at Museum Space Party

August 14, 2015 - Recipe for Killbot 2000 Two moving boxes One large bag full of random shit from Radio Shack including lights, an exh...
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Driver crashes through trailer home, over car and on top of boat

July 30, 2015 - It's a little over two hours to Newton, North Carolina and the historic Hickory Motor Speedway. As I walk through the ro...
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"Soda Pop City, Lend Us Your Ears" - Girls Rock Museum of Art

July 27, 2015 - I've photographed ten billion bands - musicians like Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Elton John, Britney Spears, Willie Nel...
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Bizarro World: Columbia, South Carolina - July 5, 2015

July 06, 2015 - It's getting weird. Nevermind, it's always been that way.
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South Carolina legislature to tackle flag on Monday

July 05, 2015 - Members of the South Carolina legislature have been notified that they are scheduled to return to Columbia, SC on Monday...
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Happy Fourth - Embracing Our Mistakes

July 03, 2015 - I'm hovering over my "food set," balancing on a chair in my dining room with my camera in one hand. I rarely shoot food,...
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"When Jesus comes, oh the trumpet will sound loud" - Charleston, SC: June 25-26

June 28, 2015 - Shortly after pallbearers had carried the body of South Carolina State Senator Rev. Clementa Pinckney back into Emanuel...
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A death knell for the confederate flag - Columbia, SC - June 27, 2015

June 27, 2015 - Only a few hours after Bree Newsome climbed up a pole and removed the confederate flag on the South Carolina Statehouse...
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Thousands wait in blasting SC sun to honor Clementa Pinckney

June 24, 2015 - Six days following the "Holy City Massacre," the body of South Carolina Senator Clementa Pinckney traveled down Main Str...
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Prisoners of our own history: A tale of two South Carolina cities

June 23, 2015 - It's been less than a week since Dylann Roof shot and killed nine parishioners at the most historic church in the Holy C...
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Mud Bogging at the Old Salkehatchie Pit - Yemassee, SC

June 18, 2015 - "What's your job?" asked one of several waif like creatures who curiously approached me at the Old Salkehatchie Mud Pit...
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An Instagram Guide to the Soda City: Columbia SC - Vol. 2

June 16, 2015 - If one were to judge my travels in and around Columbia, SC by this edit of Instragram photos I've made during the last t...
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Soda Citizen: Katie Sheridan - Glittoris

June 01, 2015 - "Kind of like the Power Puff Girls but sluttier," explains Katie Sheridan as we lay the groundwork for a cartoon show fe...
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"Seizure-inducing pedal tornado...¿music? from Columbia, SC"

May 26, 2015 - Alex Strickland, vocalist of Abacus (and Bathe) spent ten days on tour in March 2014 alongside Sein zum Tode to SXSW and...
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Queen of Sheba meets Swamp Metal in Soda City West

May 24, 2015 - Kicking off the Memorial Day weekend on Friday night in West Columbia, it seemed there was little more personality reari...
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Behind the Scenes: "Walmart Parking Lot" by Can't Kids

May 22, 2015 - Among other things, Bono is terrified of a vacuuming werewolf. Or at least that's what I gathered from the ET Anderson f...
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'A flute with no holes is not a flute, And a doughnut with no hole is a Danish.'

May 20, 2015 - Model: Shannon Watson Make-up: Lindsey Vidal Hair Stylist: Topher Carnes Yoga Instructor: Brenda Ingbretsen-Way
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Soda City Stand Up: Portraits of Columbia, SC Comedians

May 19, 2015 - "CAN YOU PICK IT UP?" I shouted from across an overgrown parking lot on Sunday evening at Columbia comedian Joe Coughlin...
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About Last Night: Of Montreal at Music Farm - Columbia, SC

May 16, 2015 - I'm balancing between a Red Bull table and a metal stool during Of Montreal's headlining set when Tyler Morris of E.T. A...
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About Last Night: Toro y Moi at Music Farm Columbia

May 14, 2015 - What are we going to complain about now that Columbia has a venue to accommodate it's very own hometown indie rock super...
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Grocery Store Parking Lot

May 13, 2015 - Grocery store parking lot - West Columbia, SC - Wednesday 10:34 AM - Tortilla chips and salsa, eggs and cheese.
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Mudbugs. Mudbugs. Mudbugs.

May 05, 2015 - I ran into my friend Chris, operator of Hippy Do-Da Creations a local hand-crafted jewelry vendor inside the artists' vi...
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Sun in the Morning - Columbia, SC

April 30, 2015 - "Mine all mine - Wander - Away we go." Even the chicken factory looked beautiful this morning.
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Perfect Storm: Vinyl Fans Converge on Art Museum

April 27, 2015 - When I first arrived at the Eighth Annual Greater Columbia Record Fair yesterday at the art museum, I climbed the stairs...
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"A Great Way to Start the Day"

April 21, 2015 - Some would perceive an unseasonably cool Tuesday morning and riverwalk impeding high waters of the Congaree as an inoppo...
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About Last Night - Future Islands at Music Farm Columbia

April 14, 2015 - Just after the turn of the century - around the time I started working at New Brookland Tavern - a band from North Carol...
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Superman and Batman Make Surprise Appearance at River Rocks

April 12, 2015 - After a discussion on the various Soda City underworlds with Congaree River Keeper Bill Stangler and a couple local musi...
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Humans of North Charleston

April 10, 2015 - Terrence Wright grew up with Walter Scott in North Charleston where they went to the same elementary and middle schools...
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"If That Boat Sinks We'll be Participating in the Rescue."

April 06, 2015 - "When they come around that red marker, that's when they let loose with the profanities," explains my captain as the sai...
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Welcome to the EasterCat Columbia Alley Cat Race/Crawl/Hunt

April 05, 2015 - I knew this wasn't your average sporting event when my friend Katie showed up and showered a participant with champagne...
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About Last Night: Defeater at New Brookland Tavern

April 03, 2015 - There are 7,070 miles between Columbia, SC and the hometowns of the five bands who visited New Brookland Tavern last nig...
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Cutting Room Floor - 2015 Carolina Cup Photo Outtakes - Camden, SC

March 29, 2015 - On Saturday afternoon I climbed on top of a "party bus" in the area known as College Park at the 2015 Carolina Cup in Ca...
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Puking in the Texas Rain - Bandit Town at SXSW

March 23, 2015 - The folks in Say Brother and I and a group of new friends spent Thursday night camping fifteen miles from Austin during...
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Say Bro Commandeers Saloon in Bandit Town

March 20, 2015 - After an early evening show on Seventh St. yesterday the guys in Say Brother decided to forgo the city lights of Austin...
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Riding the White Whale in NOLA with Say Brother

March 18, 2015 - It's 1164 miles from Columbia, SC to Austin, TX and a little more than halfway sits the city of New Orleans. Headed to S...
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Larry Bird and the Two Story Beer Bong at St. Pat's Fest

March 16, 2015 - My arrival to the St. Pat's Fest couldn't have been more appropriate on Saturday afternoon. Larry Bird being confronted...
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Photos of J. Roddy Walston's Hair at St. Patrick's Day Festival

March 15, 2015 - J. Roddy Walston and the Business was the last band to perform at yesterday's St. Patricks Day Festival. Here are a bunc...
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Insert Sports Cliche Here: SCHS Basketball Championships

March 09, 2015 - Shooting sports can be grand. Especially when win or lose, it's the last game of the season - and some careers. Sixteen...
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Thick Fog Ushers in Weird Weather - Photos

March 04, 2015 - In case anyone was wondering, it's now March, which apparently means we're looking at a high of 80 today, followed with...
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Richland County Regulators top Lowcountry Highrollers 159-85

March 01, 2015 - Several years ago, out back of the local rock club, Richland County Regulator coach Jason Fant told me, "It's not Friday...
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Soda Citizen: Debbie Minus the Skanks

February 27, 2015 - On Thursday morning I met up with a skankless Deborah Adedokun at Drip Coffee in Five Points seeking a random exchange o...
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About Last Night - The Courtroom in Rock Hill, SC

February 22, 2015 - I've had my eyes on The Courtroom at Gettys in Rock Hill, SC for good while now. I'd see photos from friends' bands pass...
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An Instagram Guide to the Soda City - Columbia, SC - Vol. One

February 19, 2015 - I love Instagram. I mean come on, if you told me 10 years ago that I'd be able to walk around with camera technology lik...
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One Hundred and Fifty Years Ago...

February 16, 2015 - One hundred and fifty years ago today General William Tecumseh Sherman ordered the shelling of Columbia, South Carolina.
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Mardi Gras Kills Camera

February 14, 2015 - Things were going well on Saturday afternoon. I was able to catch the Mardi Gras parade through Rosewood and General She...
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Dreher Students React to One Fourth Quarter Possesion - Photos

February 11, 2015 - In the final minutes against their rivals from AC Flora, Dreher students watched with great anticipation - as the teams...
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People with Snakes at Repticon

February 09, 2015 - Repticon invaded the Jamil Temple on Saturday and Sunday so I wandered out and made some photos of people walking around...
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Sunset in the Soda City - February 7, 2015

February 07, 2015 - There was a time period where I often walked to work at my old bartending gig. I'd leave about an hour early and I'd mak...
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Murder-Suicide at USC interrupts Soda City Afternoon

February 05, 2015 - Two people are dead after what's being called a murder-suicide by State Law Enforcement Division on the campus of the Un...
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About Last Night: BoomBox at The Music Farm Columbia

February 04, 2015 - "Bogeyman (also spelled bogieman, boogeyman, or boogie man, and pronounced / b ʊ ɡ i m æ n / or / b oʊ ɡ i m æ n /; see...
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State of the State Interrupted by Donut Craving

January 21, 2015 - I caught the introductions from Governor Nikki Haley at the State of the State and immediately jetted from the capital....
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ET Phone Home - On the Road with ET Anderson

January 20, 2015 - Westbound on I-26 out of Charleston, SC following Sunday night's gig at the Royal American the ET Anderson spaceship sha...
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Pretzel Necklaces, Silent Dance Floor and Jenga Hit at Beer Fest

January 19, 2015 - I ran into a volunteer at the World Beer Festival on Saturday who'd I'd met this past Halloween (I think she was Captain...
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Life in the Pit with Christian Metalcore

January 17, 2015 - Last night in West Columbia, throngs of young Christian metalcore fans wrapped around New Brookland to catch the Sioux C...
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About Last Night - Debbie and the Skanks

January 16, 2015 - At the turn of the century I was at a house party on South Waccamaw St. when I walked into the kitchen and my buddy's li...
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South Carolina Edges Alabama in First SEC Win of 2015

January 14, 2015 - Despite being outscored 9-0 to start the game on Tuesday evening in Columbia, SC, the Gamecocks were able to snap a five...
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Put That on Your Resume - "Harlem Globetrotter"

January 11, 2015 - What a strange profession. I'd never really thought about it until yesterday as tip-off approached for the Harlem Globet...
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Avoid Highways - Exploring South Carolina - Chapter One

January 09, 2015 - I spent three days this week wandering around South Carolina between Columbia and Orangeburg being in the right place at...
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Gators Outlast Gamecocks 72-68

January 08, 2015 - Dorian Finney-Smith tosses a shot from the top of the key as the Florida Gators notched a victory over the South Carolin...
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“Clouds are high flying Fog”

January 05, 2015 - At times on Saturday night, a miniature waterfall developed over the back exit at New Brookland Tavern in West Columbia.
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The Angry Whale's Year in Music - Photos - Vol. Four - 2014

December 31, 2014 - For me, 2014 has most resembled the journey our elementary school kickball used to take during homeruns and when someone...
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The Angry Whale's Year in Music - Photos - Vol. Three - 2014

December 31, 2014 - It's the morning of the final day of the year and we've only reached June of 2014 in this 365 day music narrative. That...
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The Angry Whale's Year in Music - Photos - Vol. Two - 2014

December 30, 2014 - Welcome back. If you've been following along with the narrative, we're about a third of the way through 2014 and picking...
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The Angry Whale's Year in Music - Photos - Vol. One - 2014

December 28, 2014 - Against Me! at New Brookland Tavern At first, I thought that I might be able to cram a years worth of my music photogra...
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Unicorn Hunting in the Peninsula State

December 23, 2014 - It's seven eleven when I first walk past Froggy's Saloon on Main Street in Daytona Beach on Monday morning. To my surpri...
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Don't Sink Just Yet Florida - I'm Not Done With You

December 22, 2014 - I like swamps, spring break, Tim Tebow and Hot Water Music. And despite lots of my friends giving hell to the entire sta...
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I Love Spanish Moss - Beaufort, SC

December 16, 2014 - Over fifteen years ago I looked out over the scene above as Hurricane Floyd tossed the sailboats around like little toys...
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"This is just a perpendicular line to the grain"

December 04, 2014 - As a freelance photographer, I end up shooting for a lot of different entities. From the university, a greek organizatio...
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Columbia, SC Responds to Michael Brown Decision - Photos

November 26, 2014 - About a hundred people gathered at the foot of a thirty foot christmas tree and a confederate flag on Tuesday evening at...
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Tiger Burn - Thousands Cheer as Tater's Head Falls Off

November 25, 2014 - As the orange glow of the flaming feline lit up the crowd at Tiger Burn last night, a most surreal feeling swept over me...
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Soda Citizen: Brian Timmons of fk mt.

November 21, 2014 - Sean: Draw me something in this space in five minutes or less. Brian: Anything? Yea. Goddamnit. Anything as long...
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Vista Lights Reminds Us it's Time to Buy Gifts

November 21, 2014 - If you were traveling around downtown Columbia last night and were detoured from your usual route, you can blame the ann...
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Bears Outlast Cocks: 69-65

November 19, 2014 - On Tuesday morning I noticed that the Gamecocks had a noon tip-off vs. Baylor and thought, that'd be a nice way to spend...
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Ville de Soude Photo du Jour - Monday - November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014 - Getting the tree straight. Monday - November 17, 2014 - 10:58 am - Main Street - Columbia, SC 200mm - f/4.5 - 1/500...
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New Favorite Sport to Photograph: Competitive Cheer

November 16, 2014 - "It's like if there was a sport where coaches competed for best locker room talks, except it's twenty-some teenage girls...
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Saluda River Explodes With Color - Columbia, SC

November 15, 2014 - The past five days my alarm has sounded in the morning and I've thought, "I should get out and make some photos on the S...
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Summer into Winter - Harvest Season in the Old South

November 12, 2014 - On Monday, when I took this same drive down South Carolina State Highway #6 through St. Matthews there were still more t...
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Photographer Has Shitty Day - Chases Light Through Field of Cotton

November 11, 2014 - Sunday was a really tough day for me. Both physically and mentally. Fortunately, I've developed a coping habit where I o...
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Nightmare on State Street - Halloween Night at New Brookland

November 02, 2014 - After working at New Brookland Tavern for over a decade, I had grown almost desensitized to the creative wheels of the l...
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Photos: All-American Halloween in the Soda City

November 01, 2014 - I went to Autozone last night around 8:30 p.m. and picked up a camouflage hat with a black and white American flag patch...
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Happy Halloween - DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR!

October 31, 2014 - BOOOOOOOOWWWWHIHHHHHIIIIPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!! BOOOOOOOOWWWWHIHHHHHIIIIPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!! DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR! I was next...
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Microphone Perplexes David A. During Ivadell Set

October 28, 2014 - Ivadell's Josh Gilley watches as OG David Adedokun tries to rescue the vocal mic last night at Foxfield on Rosewood in C...
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South Carolina State Fair Explored Through Reflections in Puddles

October 15, 2014 - When you are photographing puddles, your actions appear somewhat absurd to the average passerby. Crouching and contortin...
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Superchunk praises Soda City dance moves at Jam Room Music Fest

October 12, 2014 - "The drums exploded and our amps are down, but Mathew's got it wired and we're coming around." The sounds of Superchunk...
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South Carolina State Fair Gracefully Kicks Off 2014 Season

October 09, 2014 - Fascinated by the organization of shapes and colors and avid observer of human behavior - the fair for me is heaven. The...
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Unprepared Photographer Brings Dead Batteries to Wounded Tongue

September 25, 2014 - If I'm gonna shoot flash photography at a show, I'm typically using one or two remotely fired Nikon SB600 flash units. T...
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US Congressman Joe Wilson Eats Donut Outside Gas Station

September 23, 2014 - I once had a donut problem. It began as a grade schooler in Mt. Airy, MD when I participated in a community pool swim-a-...
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Dance Party Erupts on Main St. During Pride Fest

September 22, 2014 - On Saturday afternoon the South Carolina community celebrated the annual Pride Fest by turning Main Street in the capita...
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Friday Night Lights: South Carolina HS Football Enters Week Five

September 19, 2014 - Last Friday I found a seat on the River Bluff team bus on a trip to Fort Mill High for a match-up against a team that ra...
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Roaming the Sidelines at the Palmetto Capital City Classic

September 16, 2014 - On the final weekend of August I had a newspaper assignment to photograph the Palmetto Capital City Classic, the season...
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South Carolina Weathers Dawgfight - "Season not Over"

September 15, 2014 - About the time the game was supposed to kickoff against Georgia on Saturday I was hiding from the rain under one of the...
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Soda Citizen: Bakari Lebby at Diarrhea Planet

September 14, 2014 - I met up with Bakari before the Diarrhea Planet show at Art Bar the other week. Before I could get the questions rolling...
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The Creative Process, Uncertainty, and the clempson Taters

September 10, 2014 - For twenty years I've been stumbling around photography and the creative process and until recently, I've been pretty cl...
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Slurtoth Steals Golf Cart - Escapes into Aiken County Woods

September 04, 2014 - For the third time in as many years, I traveled to BFSC with some good friends to pursue the elusive Aiken County Slurto...
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Thank You Labor Day Thunderstorm

September 02, 2014 - As the last thunderstorm of summer loomed over the bottom end of the Saluda River yesterday, the humans adventuring down...
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Rude Awakening - Aggies Clobber Gamecocks 52-28

August 29, 2014 - Before being steamrolled by Texas A&M on Thursday night to kick off the college football season, South Carolina was ridi...
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Aggie Fans Poop on the SC Statehouse Steps - 'Yell Practice'

August 28, 2014 - From an outsider's perspective, the 101 year-old Texas A&M transition of "Midnight Yell" or "Yell Practice" looks like a...
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Dear Traveler: Rachel Kate talks Rambo Brite

August 27, 2014 - I've been meaning to do this photo column (which will be a sibling to " Soda Citizen ") for several years and I am pleas...
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Ville de Soude Photo du Jour - Monday - August 25, 2014

August 25, 2014 - Monday - August 25, 2014 - 2:37 pm - South Carolina Statehouse - Columbia, SC 200mm - f/2.8 - 1/8000 - ISO 200
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Soda Citizen - Daniel Machado of The Restoration

August 21, 2014 - I met up with Daniel Machado of the Restoration for coffee and meaningless conversation last week. "Constance," a stage...
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50 Awesome Moments from the Dixie Youth World Series - Lexington, SC

August 16, 2014 - I had forgotten the implications of being an out during the last inning when your team is losing an elimination game or...
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Baseball all the Time and in Every Direction - Dixie Youth World Series

August 11, 2014 - Lexington pitcher Zachary Shealy only gave up one hit against Muscle Shoals, Alabama on Sunday night at the Dixie Youth...
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Soda Citizen: Curt Heiny of Archnemesis

August 07, 2014 - A few weeks back I got a phone call from Curt Heiny, an EDM producer from Columbia, who makes and performs under the mon...
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Soda Citizen: Dylan Dickerson of Dear Blanca

August 02, 2014 - I tracked down Dylan Dickerson of Dear Blanca at last night's Arts & Draughts to not talk about their new record or the...
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Ending an Era - Final Regular Season Game at Capital City Stadium

August 01, 2014 - “The bassoon is one of my favorite instruments. It has a medieval aroma, like the days when everything used to sound lik...
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About Last Night: Oathbreaker, Cult Leader and Steely Dan

July 30, 2014 - Just before Steely Dan took the stage last night at the Township Auditorium, I had a conversation with a venue employee...
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Ville de Soude Photo du Jour - Sunday, July 27, 2014

July 27, 2014 - Sunday July 27, 2014 - 3:55 pm - Capital City Stadium - Columbia, SC 140 mm - f/2.8 - 1/5000 - ISO 400
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Throwback Thursdays - Warped Tour Turns Twenty

July 24, 2014 - July 18, 2007 - Anthony Green of Circa Survive - Charlotte, NC I bought my first and only ticket to a Warped Tour on th...
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Regulators Throttled by Greensboro Roller Derby

July 21, 2014 - It was a pretty close match at the Columbia Armory on Saturday evening between the Richland County Regulators and Greens...
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Ville de Soude Photo du Jour - Saturday, July 19, 2014

July 19, 2014 - July 19, 2014 - 10:13 am - Highway #1 Flea Market - West Columbia, SC 160 mm - f/2.8 - 1/4000 - ISO 200
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"For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" Happy Birthday Josh Scogin!

July 17, 2014 - I've been photographing and working shows involving different projects from Atlanta musician Josh Scogin for most of my...
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"Big Lizard in My Backyard" - Repticon Visits Jamil Temple - Photos

July 14, 2014 - "I thought it would be a freakshow out here," says Lisa Joy on Saturday afternoon at the Jamil Temple. "But it's not - i...
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Ville de Soude Photo du Jour - Saturday, July 12, 2014

July 12, 2014 - July 12, 2014 - 10:52 am - Highway #1 Flea Market - West Columbia, SC 28 mm - f/2.8 - 1/320 - ISO 1600
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Live Music Survives in West Columbia Despite City Ban on Posters

July 11, 2014 - In West Columbia, SC posters are against the law. Land of the free unless you are a business like a live music venue wan...
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The Gatekeeper - May 15, 2012 - #TBT Episode 1

July 10, 2014 - There are currently over 15,000 edited photographs in my online archives, so it makes sense that we start revisiting som...
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South Carolina Holiday Weekend Wrap-Up - Photos

July 08, 2014 - This was my first Fourth of July holiday weekend without a hotdog - despite the efforts of the track announcer at the La...
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Soda Citizens Celebrate Fourth at the Park - Photos

July 04, 2014 - This time next year, there will probably be a supermarket here at Capital City Stadium on a site where residents of Colu...
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Touchdown! US Soccer Fans Watch Team Fall to Belgium

July 02, 2014 - It's 4 o'clock on a Tuesday afternoon in Columbia, SC - Delaney's Pub in Five Points is slammed and you better not be dr...
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"What the F#!k was That?" - Photos - Evil Dead the Musical

June 26, 2014 - As Ash and Scott grapple with the severity of their cabin vacation, our main character's best bud sheds light on the sit...
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"What the hell is a D Poop game of Crisco Twister?"

June 25, 2014 - When I used to bartend at New Brookland I would create drink specials and name them for the experience of having custome...
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"The only reason for making honey is so I can eat it"

June 23, 2014 - Just on the inside of the the doorway to the runway it was like a colony of bees. Make-up artists and hair professionals...
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Meet Columbia SC Engagement Photographer Sean Rayford

June 23, 2014 - I often get questions often about what type of photography work I do in Columbia, SC. My background rests in photojourna...
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Cute Kids Kill it at Columbia Fashion Week - Photos

June 20, 2014 - Some of the younger ones made a few wrong turns like tee-ballers exploring the baseball diamond for the first time in ga...
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Columbia Fashion Week Kicks Off in the Vista - Photos

June 19, 2014 - Columbia Fashion Week (previously Columbia Style Week) kicked off it's third annual event on Tuesday night at Studio Cel...
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Soda City Stand Up Prepares for the Road - Comedy Portraits

June 17, 2014 - John Gibson, a harbinger of humor with the fledgling Soda City Stand Up and Columbia's new home for comedy - The Red Doo...
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Blondes defeat Brunettes with 4th Quarter Heroics - Photography

June 15, 2014 - As they entered the fourth quarter trailing by two scores things weren't looking so hot for the Blondes in their Alzheim...
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Sunsets in the Soda City - Episode One

June 11, 2014 - On Tuesday morning I had an assignment to photograph South Carolina women's basketball coach and three-time Olympic gold...
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South Carolina Photographer Gets Bored on Road Trip

June 09, 2014 - It's a thousand mile round trip between Columbia, SC and my old home in Maryland where I just returned from a family pic...
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Party on the Water - Family Fun on the Holiday Weekend

May 25, 2014 - "There's dead fish in this water! Something ate a hole in it's side!" explained the boy in the wet shirt after finding a...
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Spaghetti Taco dumped for Joe Biden Special - Can't Kids Album Release

May 15, 2014 - Last week Can't Kids introduced a new item to the Beezer's menu, a staple in most young Soda Citizens' diets. The "Joe B...
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Exploring Olympia's Giant Hole - Columbia, SC

May 02, 2014 - I've always been a fan of the Olympia neighborhood on the edge of Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC. The strange di...
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"Bizarre Celebrations" - Soda City Gets Weird with Of Montreal

April 20, 2014 - For a few minutes on Thursday night, patrons at the Columbia Museum of Art were teleported to Antarctica with a large he...
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Man Finds Sweet Chair on River

April 18, 2014 - It's that time of year again and humans are starting to explore the banks of the South Carolina midlands river system ag...
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Soda City Kicks Off Indie Grits Film Festival

April 14, 2014 - Entering it's eighth year, the Indie Grits Film Festival in Columbia, SC showcases 15 feature and almost 50 short films,...
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My First Fashion Show - Runaway Runway at the Township Auditorium

April 07, 2014 - Important rules from Runway Runway, an annual recycled fashion show organized by the Columbia Design League and held on...
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That Time I Went To a Party on Willie Nelson's Ranch - Photos

March 27, 2014 - This time two weeks ago during the SXSW Music Festival I was avoiding cacti while driving my bicycle around Willie Nelso...
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Street Rat in a Ball - SC at SXSW Part Two - Photos

March 25, 2014 - "Street rat in a ball," said the young man wearing a knit cap on Sixth St. in downtown Austin on a Wednesday night durin...
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The Soda City invades SXSW - Austin, Texas - Photos

March 24, 2014 - While scarfing a huge plate of nachos in a forgettable bar in Austin, TX I listened as Kylesa's Phillip Cope talked abou...
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Moe's Burrito Dash - Columbia, SC - March 22, 2014

March 22, 2014 - If you were driving around town near the statehouse or the USC campus on Saturday morning, your regular traffic pattern...
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The Street Sound of the Crescent City - Lawlessness in NOLA

March 18, 2014 - "GET YOUR HENNY! GET YOUR CIROC! GET YOUR RITAS!" announced a "bartender" from the back of his pick-up truck on North Br...
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Someone's Mom Rips Beer Bong at St. Pat's Festival - Photos

March 17, 2014 - "MOM! MOM! MOM!" I could hear the chant behind me funneling through the chaos of St. Patrick's Day in Five Points, Colu...
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13 Lucky St. Pat's Moments with Humans Posing for the Camera

March 17, 2014 - Sometimes the humans react in strange and awesome ways when they see me with a camera. A long time ago (think Jesus time...
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Welcome to The Live Music Capital of the World - Photos - SXSW 2014

March 11, 2014 - "It's about to get real windy out here," says the dude carrying the leaf blower on the deck of the Javelina Bar at 69 Ra...
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Carolina Cryptid - Sasquatch Sighted in Upstate South Carolina

March 05, 2014 - A few weeks back I took a trip into the woods near Clemson, SC on assignment for Columbia's alt-weekly, The Free Times c...
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Mardi Gras at City Roots - Soda City Style 2014

March 04, 2014 - As the sun crashed across the City Roots Farm near Owens Field Airport on Saturday, groups of children played on piles o...
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Can't Remember the Weekend - Ep. 4 - Rainbow Pooping Unicorns

March 03, 2014 - The premise of this photoblog is a pursuit of rainbow pooping unicorns. Saturday morning I came pretty close, when I sho...
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"Rear Naked Choke" - Caged Chaos at the Jamil Temple

February 24, 2014 - Alex Larmey, a combat engineering army officer who recently served in Afghanistan, came down from upstate New York to fi...
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Henderson Bros. Burlesque Show at Trustus Theatre in the Vista

February 21, 2014 - Last weekend, Trustus Theatre in the Vista hosted the Henderson Bros. Burlesque Show in celebration of Valentine's Day....
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About Last Night - Surfer Blood, Wake Up and Small Sanctions

February 20, 2014 - The last time I took a photograph of Grayson Venters of Small Sanctions, he was making funny faces floating down the Con...
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Can't Remember the Weekend - "Fire, Ashes and Desolation"

February 17, 2014 - "Where our footsteps pass - fire, ashes and desolation follow in the path. When I hear their cries for help, their wails...
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30 Reasons why USC students sledding are better than the Sochi Games

February 13, 2014 - Eighty-five miles an hour down a three quarter mile frozen Russian water slide? Try going down Barnwell or Henderson Str...
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Winter Weather Stalls Soda City - Photos

February 13, 2014 - For the second time in two weeks, The South has been sideswiped by a nefarious winter storm. Yesterday in Columbia, the...
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Can't Remember the Weekend - Ep. 2 - Hump Mountain Roller Derby

February 10, 2014 - On four Friday nights each year Soda citizens gather downtown at the Columbia Museum of Art to listen to live music, dri...
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Don't Remember the Weekend - Ep. 1 - The Hamburglar Strikes Again

February 03, 2014 - The game ended and I thought the Gamecocks had won. There was no scoreboard to look at and I wasn't even sure how points...
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Snow Penis Bandit Strikes University Hill Neighborhood - Photos

January 30, 2014 - GO COCKS! The University Hill neighborhood in Columbia, SC separates the Five Points bar district from the USC campus. I...
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Famously Not - Photos of snow in Columbia, SC

January 29, 2014 - "It's cold and snow is actually on the ground. Of this no snow town. And instead of cars, the streets trafficking in sle...
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Soda City Begins Snow Freakout

January 28, 2014 - There's been a buzz of excitement during the last 24 hours concerning the possible accumulation of snow in the capital o...
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Photos from last night at New Brookland - Against Me!

January 16, 2014 - Last night Gainesville's Against Me! played at New Brookland Tavern in West Columbia, SC. I didn't have to bartend so I...
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Congaree Monster Hurls Through the Soda City - Photos

January 15, 2014 - I crossed the Congaree River via the Gervais St. bridge on foot for the first time in 1999 to see Stretch Arm Strong pla...
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Twenty Fourteen: More Action Figures & Mosh Pits - Less Ignorant Cops

January 11, 2014 - "Are we that interesting? That you must photograph us?" said one of the officers who approached me on the sidewalk last...
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Vultan's Theme: Attack of the Hawk Men

January 08, 2014 - "Pathetic Earthlings! Hurling your bodies out into the void without the sligthest inkling of who or what is out here. If...
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Photo evidence shows Soda City told 2013 to suck it - Pt.1

January 07, 2014 - In 2014 I promise to photograph more mosh pits, more portraits and more action figures. Hopefully all at the same time....
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"Great to be a Gamecock" reaches funding goal!

January 04, 2014 - Moments before I planned to walk out the door to catch the Clemsux vs. Ohio Stinks game last night, my phone sounded bac...
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Gamecock fan booed out of NYE street dance off in Orlando

January 02, 2014 - 2014 took me by complete surprise. Outta the warm Florida night air the new year exploded on a corner of Church St. in d...
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Gamecocks get down at Citrus Bowl pep rally

January 01, 2014 - Kickoff between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2014 Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL is 150 min...
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Enjoy it Fans - South Carolina is Winning Football Games

November 18, 2013 - I almost went to the University of Florida, but instead I ended up a Gamecock here in Columbia, SC. My freshman year at...
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Homecoming 2013 - Toro y Moi at the CMA

October 19, 2013 - When I was a regular contributing photographer at the State Newspaper, I made it a habit to stop by the music editor's d...
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Bear Attacks Man at SC State Fair - Uses Ladder as Weapon

October 10, 2013 - I somehow feel that my life is now more complete because I saw a bear attack a human with a ladder. It was "part of the...
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No Unicorns at SC Pride Fest - Photos

October 01, 2013 - If you regularly read this photoblog, then you already know that I'm a professional unicorn hunter (See "When Rainbows P...
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West Columbia Apartment Fire Claims One Life

September 13, 2013 - We could hear the firetrucks screaming past New Brookland Tavern in West Columbia about 30 minutes before doors were to...
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Complete Insanity - 13 Photos from Sorority Bid Day at USC

August 26, 2013 - On Sunday afternoon, hordes of screaming coeds took over the historic horseshoe at the University of South Carolina to t...
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Soda City Slickers Conquer Table Rock Mountain

August 20, 2013 - We weren't planning on spending the last two hours of our hike stumbling down the side of a mountain in the dark. But li...
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"Two Star Hotel" A Book of Photography by Sean Rayford

August 09, 2013 - My favorite photography medium to work in is now "book" - followed closely by buttons. I'm happy to announce that...
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Nuke Facility Employees Try to Bully Photojournalist - Fail

July 24, 2013 - "Don't you know what you are doing is against the law?" shouted the Westinghouse Nuclear facility's rent-a-cop from the...
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Weird Al Yankovic Ruins Birthday Party

June 21, 2013 - "Was it dark or light beer?" "That's awesome if that is your first question - and it was a PBR." So begins my phone co...
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Soda City Salutes Legendary Rockafellas' Music Club

May 20, 2013 - I saw three notable bands at Rockafellas' during my freshman year at USC before the music venue shut it's doors: Machine...
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Unicorn sighted at Kenny Chesney Concert - Photo

May 13, 2013 - I spent the Saturday before last hanging out at Williams Brice Stadium photographing the Kenny Chesney concert. Most of...
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Guitarist John Vail Suffers from Bangover - Photos

April 29, 2013 - "The Bangover lasts about three days. The first show, you lose your mind [onstage]. And then the next two you are in ago...
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Drunk Guy at the Festival & Hula Hoops - Photos

April 23, 2013 - The drunk guy at the festival has always been a side attraction for me, orchestrating a ballet of intoxication that is o...
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Clowney Catches TD Pass - South Carolina Spring Game Photos

April 14, 2013 - Jadeveon "Hammer of the Gods" Clowney was standing next to me on the sideline in sneakers and shorts when the quarterbac...
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Go Fish! Springtime in the Soda City - Photos

April 09, 2013 - I'm experiencing a strange personal dream episode of MSNBC's Lock Up. It's as if the hand of god has reached down throug...
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Mardi Gras in the Soda City - Columbia SC - Photography

February 15, 2013 - I would compare Columbia's third annual Mardi Gras Festival held at City Roots, to the long running St. Partick's Day Fe...
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Welcome to the Soda City: Jan 16-21 - Columbia, SC

January 23, 2013 - I found out about last Wednesday night's show at Cult Classic after running into a band from Miami outside of Drip Coffe...
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How the Soda City Rocked in 2012 - Part 3 of 3 - Concert Photography

January 02, 2013 - "Could you take my picture - cause I won't remember." -'Take a Picture' by Filter (1999) Can you blame me? Here's th...
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How the Soda City Rocked in 2012 - Part 2 of 3 - Concert Photography

December 26, 2012 - Shoot for the Moon. Hopefully, Santa was able to fit that 400mm AF f2.8 down the chimney the other night and you woke u...
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The Final Days of the Soda City - Columbia, South Carolina - Photos

December 21, 2012 - I spent the final week before the end of the world wandering around Columbia observing how my fellow citizens of the Sod...
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How the Soda City Rocked in 2012 - Concert Photography by Sean Rayford - Part 1 of 3

December 17, 2012 - Columbia, South Carolina By my rough estimate - come New Year's Eve - I will have seen over 600 bands play this year an...
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Aiken County Slurtoth vs. Serbian Zastava M70 AK47 - Photos

December 04, 2012 - After the recent acquisition of another AK-47 by a co-worker at the music club, it seemed like an opportune time to revi...
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Almost Halloween in the Soda City - Photos

October 27, 2012 - It's not quite Halloween in Columbia, South Carolina but it's Friday night and we're living in Zombie Town Soda City sty...
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Scared Shitless: The Diving Pig at the South Carolina State Fair

October 23, 2012 - Friday - October 19, 2012 - Columbia, SC "Awe come on pig. Just jump in the darn water," pleaded the former strip club...
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Ghostface Killah Headlines First Night of Cola Con 2012 - Photos

October 06, 2012 - Columbia Museum of Art - Friday, October 5, 2012 - Cola Con I spent most of the evening at the Rock 93.5 Fall Out Festi...
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Photos - The Sheepdogs at New Brookland in West Columbia, South Carolina

September 26, 2012 - I didn't expect to see anybody at New Brookland Tavern when I dropped by mid-afternoon on Tuesday to double check my wor...
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South Carolina Gamecocks Defeat Clemson Tigers - Soccer - Sept. 19, 2012

September 18, 2012 - College sports rivalries are so much fun, especially when your alma mater comes out victorious over those nasty orange h...
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Photos - Famously Hot Music Festival - Day Three - Columbia SC

August 27, 2012 - August 26, 2012 - Columbia, South Carolina Sunday was the final day of the Famously Hot Music Festival at Finlay...
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Photos - Famously Hot Music Festival - Day Two - Columbia SC

August 26, 2012 - August 25, 2012 - Columbia, South Carolina I have come to the conclusion that some of the happiest people on earth ar...
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Photos - Famously Hot Music Festival - Day One - Columbia SC

August 25, 2012 - August 24, 2012 - Columbia, South Carolina As I walked across the perpetually soaked concert lawn of Finlay Park yest...
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Welcome to the Soda City: Columbia, South Carolina - Part 2

August 16, 2012 - Columbia, South Carolina: July 31 - August 11, 2012 A few months back I moved over to the west side of town, a mere 9...
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"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

July 25, 2012 - From here on out I will be naming my cameras after Hall of Fame baseball players. I'm thinking that if I can give the tw...
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Click. Click. Clunk. It's Dead... 10 Ways to Cope With the Death of Your Camera

July 18, 2012 - Monday, July 16, 2012 - Columbia, South Carolina I stood at the top of the South Carolina state house steps and looke...
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Cult Classic Punks - The Hottest Day Ever in South Carolina

July 05, 2012 - June 30, 2012: Columbia, South Carolina It was the hottest day known to history in the state of South Carolina. Here in...
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Guns & Ammo: Hunting the Slurtoth in rural South Carolina

June 25, 2012 - June 22, 2012 My co-workers from the New Brookland Tavern like shooting guns and one of them just got an AK. It's also...
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Welcome to The Soda City - Columbia, SC #1

June 07, 2012 - Columbia, SC: June 5-6, 2012 Welcome to The Soda City. The first post in a regular series that is simply a product of...
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Flaming boobs at the Pretty Things Peep Show

May 22, 2012 - Monday, May 21, 2012 - New Brookland Tavern - West Columbia, SC You may recognize the Pretty Things Peep Show from NY I...
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Gin Blossom's singer: "Take a picture of that girl's legs"

May 07, 2012 - Rosewood Crawfish Festival - Columbia, SC - May 5, 2012 I'm pretty sure it was mid-song, during an instrumental interlu...
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La Dispute, Balance and Composure, All Get Out and Sainthood Reps

May 01, 2012 - Dudes in vans. Sunday, April 22, 2012 - New Brookland Tavern I have been bartending at New Brookland Tavern for too lon...
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"I lost my job today and that's worth celebrating" -Tim Barry

April 23, 2012 - April 17, 2012: New Brookland Tavern On a hobbled picnic bench in a parking lot next to an abandoned motorcycle co-op g...
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What I did yesterday instead of filing my taxes

April 18, 2012 - I filed an extension yesterday and decided to use the time I would have spent dealing with our unreasonably complex tax...
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No Unicorns at the Mt. Airy Castle

April 03, 2012 - While visiting my old stomping grounds from the grade school days a few months ago during the Christmas holiday in Mt. A...
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When Unicorns Poop Rainbows - An introduction to the Angry Whale

February 27, 2012 - I've heard people talk about unicorns dropping out of the sky and then pooping rainbows. You might say those people are...
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