For local photographer and artist Allison Luff, it’s the beauty of the beach, plantations, historic churches, parks filled with wildlife and abundant vegetation indigenous to the South Carolina lowcountry that gets her itching to take out her camera and start capturing the unique world of Edisto.
“I get inspired by anything really,” Luff said. “An interesting pattern or item or unique architecture… and I love the play of light and shade especially.”
Luff said she’s always loved art and photography – she even majored in Art History and Art Management as an undergraduate at the College of Charleston – but now she wants to make it her life.
Fortunately for Luff, she’s spent so many years on Edisto she already has quite the portfolio of photographs highlighting much of the island.
For instance, she designed the website for Tours of Edisto and in exchange she was able to go on the tour of Edisto’s historic plantations, cemeteries, and churches. That opportunity gave Luff the chance to shoot multiple photos of some of Edisto’s most sought-after destinations like Cassina Pointe, Middleton Plantation, Seaside Plantation, and the cemetery at the Presbyterian church.
“Besides the sheer loveliness of photography,” Luff said, “I love what it conveys about history that you can’t just read; its ability to capture a moment in a way that nothing else can. I love that studying art can teach kids to look at other things in different ways; that it’s open to interpretation.”
Luff is available to take photos of all kinds of events from family reunions to weddings to just about anything. As a dog-lover, she said she would also love to take pictures of dogs playing on the beach or in any scenario for pet lovers.
In addition to photography, Luff also creates her own artwork, crafts, needlework, and more.