Even though I’m a native East Coaster, I’ve never actually been anywhere between Washington D.C. and Florida. Last week I changed that and visited Charleston, a charming little city in South Carolina. I really needed a break from my work routine and so did one of my good friends, so we put together a short trip inspired by Julia Engel.
#MoodBored is a new idea I’m trying to share photos more efficiently. I use a play on the phrase “mood board” since Charleston is super picturesque and I have more photos than you’d want to scroll through in one blog post. Instead, I created some diptychs and collages to present the mood of my trip. #MoodBored captures how I feel before going on trips.
Charleston is a tiny peninsula city surrounded by parks on the water. The port areas reminded me a lot of San Diego due to the seaside vibe and climate. The weather was beautiful – springish, and not the chilly type like San Francisco. Finally getting some sunshine made me happy.
The most charming part of Charleston is the the colonial / Georgian style architecture, which I found to be an AMAZING backdrop for photos of people. The most well-known of them all is Rainbow Row, a cluster of buildings painted pastel. I’m bad at modeling but wanted to take advantage of the location to capture some photography in my aesthetic. I was wearing pink and white just for the photo!
I had a lot of fun working with the gorgeous backdrops myself. My favorite is one of a yellow house with floral displays hung on the windowsill. There’s just something so quaint about this scene.
I heard there was a huge pink building in the middle of downtown, and we found it just by walking because the city is really tiny! I love The Mills House Hotel not because the color is a calm shade of pink, but because of the decorative and minimalistic design. I recently upgraded to iPhone 8+, so I could zoom in and capture it from many different angles.
Another famous pink house is the closed Pink House Gallery, which sits on a cobblestone street and looks like it belongs in Europe. It makes sense since the neighborhood’s called the French Quarter. I noticed a lot of other houses designed in the same style, but painted different colors.
Even in less fancy neighborhoods, there are unique houses to be found. I saw a pink one that looks like the dollhouse from 13 Going on 30, a gray one where the front looks like the side of a house instead, and a yellow one with a “porch door”. I didn’t understand what the door is for since the it doesn’t serve a purpose, but it’s a quite common design in Charleston.
Here’s a a twin house with one side that reflects and also contrasts the other, because it looks like it doesn’t have inhabitants.
Lastly, my favorite house is this one because of the bay windows and patterned balconies. What’s your favorite style?