Art for the Coffee Table: Reflections of South Carolina

Photography by Robert Clark

It is common knowledge that South Carolina has one of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in the United States. From the foothills of the Appalachians to the luscious Lowcountry, the Palmetto State is a vacation destination for many and a place to call home for many more. Rich with 250 stunning photographs, the second volume of Reflections of South Carolina uncovers the geological, natural and cultural grandeur all packed into the 32,000 square miles of this beloved state. With a foreword written by New York Times best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe, photography by Columbia Metropolitan Magazine’s very own Robert Clark and text by Tom Poland, this coffee table book is a must have. 

In Reflections of South Carolina: Volume Two, Robert and Tom set out on a path of discovery that reveals charming country stores, water-powered gristmills, enchanting meadows as well as extraordinary people and places. They use the book to advise visitors and residents alike to take their time exploring South Carolina and whenever possible to take the road less traveled — for no one knows what might be right around the corner! 

Robert and Tom are truly a dynamic duo in creating the magical pages of this keepsake book. Both have published other books and reside in Columbia. Robert’s work has appeared in National Geographic books, Newsweek, Smithsonian and photographic awards annuals such as Print and Communication Arts. Also, he has been taking photos for Columbia Metropolitan since the very first issue almost 25 years ago. Tom, on the other hand, writes columns about the South and its people, traditions, lifestyle and culture for newspapers and journals in both Georgia and South Carolina — and has also written many articles for Columbia Metropolitan Magazine. 

Reflections of South Carolina: Volume Two is published by the University of South Carolina Press, the 70-year-old publishing arm of the state’s flagship university. USC Press was honored in 2012 with a South Carolina Governor’s Award in the Humanities for its longstanding commitment to enhancing the scholarship and visibility of the Palmetto State for an international audience through books like Reflections of South Carolina, The South Carolina Encyclopedia, South Carolina: A History and State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love. 

Reflections of South Carolina will be available through booksellers everywhere by the end of June 2014 and can also be purchased directly from the Press (800-768-2500, www.uscpress. com). The combination of Robert’s photography and Tom’s text will surely reveal glimpses of South Carolina never before seen by natives or visitors — well worth a look.