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Keeping the Faith
Photograph by Jonathan Ernst

"We've been friends and neighbors for 30 years," Dora Cooper, at left, says of Nellie McKie, seated in Elim Baptist Church before Sunday services. Established in 1886, the church is an anchor for the Sand Hills neighborhood. It emerged in the 19th century, when white families living in the exclusive Summerville area helped buy properties in nearby Sand Hills for their black employees. Today the neighborhood is hobbled by high vacancy rates, boarded-up buildings, and drug dealing, problems that the Sand Hills Neighborhood Association works to overcome.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: 35mm
Lens: 35mm f/2
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/4

Weather Conditions: Indoor
Time of Day: Late morning
Lighting Techniques: Available light
Special Equipment or comments: When I'm in a new situation, such as this one where I invited myself to church unannounced one morning, I try to take a few shots at first which aren't too obtrusive. I feel it gets folks used to the sound of the shutter and maybe breaks the ice a little. This was one of those "throw-aways" that turned out to be more of a keeper.



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