Photographer Ben Ham recently established a gallery at 416 King Street, near Blue Bicycle Books and across the street from Art Mecca of Charleston. I can’t tell you how beautiful and well presented is his work, or how fortunate we are to have his gallery in Charleston. Inspired by Ansel Adams, Ham works exclusively with a large format wooden field camera, masterfully capturing nature on black and white sheet film. His “eye” is magic, and his large scale photographs are nothing short of masterpieces. Don’t miss his grand opening January 17, which also happens to be the day of the next Upper King Design District Shop & Stroll.
According to my out of town sources, I outdid myself in the gift department this year with very Charleston gift collections. People either fondly remember visits to Charleston or are planning one in the near future. In either case Charleston-inspired gifts are, well, inspired. There’s an additional bonus because you end up keeping one of everything for yourself, and we have some really good stuff. Gift giving goes on year-round, so here’s inspiration.
Packages of roasted coffee beans (or ground to order) from Good Coffee of Charleston. For me they selected Indonesian Sumatra, Rainforest Alliance Antiqua and Ethiopian Yergacheffe; always trust the experts when experts are available. You may know that Good Coffee’s parent organization, also located in their Fulton Street building, is one of the largest importers of green coffee beans in the country, Balzac Brothers.