Capturing life on film Photography contests show best of Lowcountry

Flame Nebula by Alizey Khan.

It’s photo contest time.

The Post and Courier is starting weekly photo contests, and summer is a fantastic time to share your work with us.

Each week we will have a special topic and photos should be related to that.

This week, it’s the beach, so send us your best beach photos to by noon July 3. You also may publish the photo on our Facebook wall.

Remember that all your friends and family will see these photos, so make them good ones.

Each week we’ll pick a winner and publish the photo on the front of the People section on Saturdays. That begins with a beach photo July 6.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens just announced winners of its photo contest this week. The folks at the historic garden challenged those who attended to send them their best photos and all three winners were of egrets.

David Archer of Summerville took first place and a $275 prize with “Snowy Egret”; Jim Miller of Mount Pleasant with “Radiant Beauty” took second place and a $225 prize; and third place along with a $175 prize went to Leah Sparks of Charleston for “Show Off.”

Nineteen contestants received 22 honorable mentions and $25 prizes.

Three contestants each received two honorable mentions; Kenny McKeithan of Goose Creek, Margaret Proctor of Indian Trail, N.C., and Serena Gerfy of Ladson.

Magnolia and the Lowcountry Photographic Club organized the contest, which was launched two years ago.

This year, 118 photographers entered the contest, said Doug DeLong, the club’s president.

In another of the wonderful Charleston County Library exhibits is astronomical art by Alizey Khan at the main branch’s Saul Alexander Gallery.

The gallery presents “Interspatial,” an exhibition of artwork that explores the properties of light and spatial depth in an incomprehensibly vast space.

“Interspatial” encompasses a variety of media, including paintings on canvas, 3-D paintings created with layers of resin and acrylic paint and etchings.

Khan’s approach to art-making is studious and meditative. She has no formal background in astronomy, so she studies multiple versions of telescopic images of each celestial object she depicts to get different points of view.

She focuses on intricate details and slow art-making processes to remind herself that the universe is so much greater than our tiny planet and our meaningless daily worries.

She is a recent College of Charleston graduate and “Interspatial” is her first solo show. The exhibition will open with a reception at 5-7:45 p.m. Tuesday and will be on view during regular library hours until Aug. 17.

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