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Hilton Head photographs

Last week we were on our semi-regular vacation in Hilton Head, South Carolina. As always I took a ton of photos, but since the natural geography never changes much there, I'll skip showing the usual sunsets, waves and mountains. Instead, this time I'll focus on some strange and quirky images I managed to capture.


Nothing symbolizes the heaven-and-hell, saint-and-sinner tension of the south for me quite like this roadside scene: the sprawling Adult World sex superstore, towered over by a giant cross. This perspective is deceiving: the cross (a quarter of a mile down the road) is actually much taller than the store. It's almost as if the cross was built to give customers one last reminder, as they step into the store, just whom they're pissing off by satisfying their craven urges.


Tunnel through an Appalachian mountain, in the Pisgah National Forest. Julie cringes every time we go through a tunnel, especially a long curving one like this where you can't see the other end.


I always know we're arrived in the south when the first Waffle Houses begin to appear. I like how the motel sign next door seems to comment on the regional orientation of the restaurant chain.


Strange cover illustration of James Agee's iconic autobiographical novel. If I didn't know better, this cover would lead me to believe that Agee's mother was some sort of human-butterfly hybrid.


Family portrait.


Narcissism, pure artsy narcissism.


I love the refreshing informality of Piggly Wiggly. Every other supermarket calls it bathroom tissue or toilet paper, but not The Pig, nosiree.

September 25, 2013 in Family, Photography | Permalink


There's a Waffle House in Flossmor and one in Mokina.

Posted by: george bodmer at Sep 29, 2013 7:17:44 PM

Thanks, George, but it looks like those aren't part of the Waffle House chain: the full name of those two is actually Kingsberry Waffle House. According to the Waffle House website, the only Illinois locations are in Collinsville and Granite City.

Posted by: Pete at Oct 1, 2013 1:03:38 PM