Larry hails from Santa Cruz, California. He moved to Aiken in 1978 after serving in the military. He and his wife Lynn have two sons. In 2002, following his retirement, Larry took up digital photography. Larry refers to himself as a “utility photographer” because he never knows where or what he will be asked to photograph. Larry stays busy shooting different types of events for various organizations, accepting assignments for magazines and other publications, and supporting a commercial aerial photography business.
Larry is a straight-shooter with one of the most generous hearts in the Palmetto State. He’s also an exceptional photographer. We especially admire his ability to create photos that are crisp and colorful but also honest. With the spread of PhotoShop and other editing software, many photographers now enhance their photos to make scenes look brighter or more magical. Larry is able to capture the brilliance of a place as it truly appears. He is a disciplined and talented photographer who relies on patience, hard work, and skill.
In fact, Larry’s motto might easily be “Have Camera, Will Travel.” He rises daily to photograph his hometown of Aiken, and his weekend jaunts – with friend and fellow SC Picture Project contributor>Dr. Pat Paxton – lead him to some of South Carolina’s most important but unpreserved places. Larry always shares these photos with the people of South Carolina, and in this way he has documented some of the most sacred and endangered places in our state. We are happy and honored to consider Larry a friend.
You can contact Larry at larryesm [at] live.com. See all of his photos in the South Carolina Picture Project.