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Charleston City Market

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 5 August 2014 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

A view captured from inside the historic Charleston City Market in Charleston, South Carolina.

On the exterior of the building is a historic marker, which reads:

"On this site stands one of Charleston's oldest public facilities in continuous use: the City Market. Earlier markets, dating back to the city's location to the peninsula, ca. 1680, offered meat, fish, and vegetables at different sites. After the American Revolution, however, the city sought to consolidate this activity in one location and chose the present site, which was then a creek and marsh extending from Meeting Street to the Cooper River, briefly designated Canal or Channel Street.

Six neighbors, among them Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, who owned the largest portion, donated land in March 1788, directing the city to open a market. By 1792, some marsh and creek had been filled and a brick market, 200 feet long, stood near Meeting Street. In late 1793, the city had converted that structure to house refugees from St. Domingo, and the land reverted to its original owners because market had not been erected within the specified time. Once the property was again donated to the city in 1804, construction resumed. The "Centre Market", consisting of separate sheds for fresh meats and vegetables, opened 1 August 1807, while sheds for fish and "small meats" opened later. Here, the city's population, both slave and free, gathered daily to buy and sell locally-raised commodities and imported delicacies.

Market Hall, designed by E.B. White and built for the meetings of the market commissioners and others, opened in 1841 on the site of the original depot for country wagons. The rise of grocery stores and refrigeration in the early twentieth century sapped the market's vitality, and its fortunes steadily declined. Renewal projects in the 1970's attracted visitors seeking souvenirs rather than groceries.

The Market was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975. Although damaged by fires, tornadoes, hurricanes and an earthquake, the City Market continues to function as one of Charleston's most cherished institutions."

Photo captured May 22, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 400 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nicely captured with this terrific processing Steven

5 Aug 2014 9:35am

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Very nicely composed HDR scene !! Really crowded with amazing details ;-) Superb presentation !

5 Aug 2014 1:25pm

Don from Spokane, United States

This shot is a fine capture of the historic public place. I liked it in black and white.

5 Aug 2014 3:00pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb processing . Beautiful !

5 Aug 2014 4:36pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very niec shot!
such beautiful frame, perspective, lighting & treatment!
A M A Z I N G !!!

5 Aug 2014 5:09pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

The treatment is a combination of classic and artistic -fabulous image

5 Aug 2014 5:26pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting PP on this shot.

5 Aug 2014 5:30pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Incredible depth and the effects leave the people looking natural which is the
hardest part, absolutely beautiful, 5 *****' !~

5 Aug 2014 6:30pm

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

impressive, specially in B&W

5 Aug 2014 7:00pm

Malaura from France

Le traitement de ce noir et blanc est fantastique Steven, c'est génial !! Bien amicalement :)

5 Aug 2014 10:25pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That has a very cool 3D effect.

5 Aug 2014 11:50pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A fabulous image! I love the b&w and the processing! It is fantastic! A wonderful scene!

6 Aug 2014 12:07am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel magasin et vue quel rendu dans les tons et architecture superbe.

6 Aug 2014 2:10am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

I love this processing. Is it Nik Silver efex?

6 Aug 2014 3:27am

@Harry: It's the pencil filter from PhotoScape.

Sam from Chennai, India

A fabulous image and wonderful view of this historic place. Lovely processing. :)

6 Aug 2014 8:31am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


6 Aug 2014 8:56am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Some amazing history. It's interesting the donated land reverted to the original owners because the city couldn't get moving on the building project. Sounds like things today.

6 Aug 2014 11:35pm