PICKENS COUNTY — Capturing moments on film — documenting the people, places and events in the community — is an essential part to any newspaper publication. To that end, the staff at The Easley Progress has selected their top 10 photographs of the year that tell the story of Pickens County and its people.
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. That being said, here’s 10 grand worth …
Dacusville Farm days is the epitome of good times when you live in a small town. Tractors galore, homemade goodies and crafts as far as the eye can see. This little boy was selling candy and raw honey to the thousands of event goers who turned up at Turner Farm for the event held annually Labor Day weekend.
Doug Barrett caught this eight pound large mouth bass at a “secret location” in Pickens County that he refused to disclose. The photograph was taken in the parking lot of the Pickens Walmart when a reporter noticed Barrett unloading his cooler and happened to have their camera on them. Small town journalism is all about the people you meet and the everyday happenings that you stumble across.
This little lady was taking an early morning stroll through the milking barn at the Happy Cow Creamery in Piedmont. The creamery was put on the map after “Farmer Tom” Trantham revolutionized the dairy industry by utilizing free range grazing, a farming practice that ended up significantly increasing his herd’s milk production.
The Easley Green Wave sported not only a new head coach but capped off the 2015 season with a winning record as well. The team finished 6-5 overall, and managed a historic 29-21 win against Greenwood — the first in nearly two decades. Along the way Easley also picked up wins against traditional powerhouses Daniel, Wren and Greenville.
McKissick Elementary school was featured in many editions of The Easley Progress this year thanks to the school’s innovative staff promoting their school and students by getting involved in community events. In this photograph, the Easley Fire Department came out and turned the school’s black-top into an impromptu water park as a reward for scoring high on the annual PASS tests.
The lighting of the City of Easley Christmas Tree is a traditional event helping foster a holiday spirit for residents and guests alike. The spirit of Christmas was in full force during the 2015 ceremony and the Jolly Old Elf was in attendance as well as Santa Claus visited with children under the beautiful display and to the accompaniment of festive carols as well. The moment was nearly an illustration from a Norman Rockwell painting.
Candid photos are part and parcel of a photographer’s day in and day out life and are often favorites but occasionally a staged photo becomes a standout in the photographer’s portfolio. Molly Kissiah, seen here as Little Red Riding Hood in Easley’s Foothills Playhouse’s production of Into the Woods, is perfectly shrouded in mist as she avoids the Big Bad Wolf.
Children are difficult subjects on most days when it comes to photography but Daelyn Rendleman of Easley made it easy. On a Spring afternoon Rendleman and other Easley residents gathered for BBQ, classic cars, and music along with fellowship. In this photo Rendleman’s smile may be hidden but it can be found in the eyes.
Sometimes lighting is everything and in this photo taken during the Pickens Azalea Festival’s presentation of its first ever Rock the Fall Ball the lighting was perfect. The stage lights provided the perfect tone to a great photo opportunity from the stage just before the headlining band, Confederate Railroad, took the stage. Local talent also performed as proceeds were used to aid returning veterans and their transition back to civilian life.
Pickens County is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the state of South Carolina and for a photographer is a wealth of photo opportunities. This waterfall appeared in a special edition Fall for Pickens and is only one of many within Table Rock State Park, a short drive for any resident of Pickens County. Table Rock is only one outdoor adventure for residents and visitors and each presents vistas worthy of professional and amateur photographers alike.