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Standing Their Ground

Standing Their Ground
Photograph by Sarah Leen

Why have Citizens for Responsible Growth (CRGC) in Clemson, South Carolina, mobilized to stop Wal-Mart from opening yet another store in their area? For one thing, the proposed development—a 204,000-square-foot (19,000-square-meter) retail monolith—would be larger than all of the retail space in Clemson’s downtown shopping district and, as a result, would crush local businesses. Plus, there are already three other Wal-Marts within 15 miles (24 kilometers) of Clemson. “We know the land is going to be developed,” says Jim Witte, CRGC’s President. “But that kind of big box store doesn’t belong there.”



Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome 50 Velvia
Lens: Nikkor 35mm lens
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Cloudy, heavily overcast
Time of Day: 8 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Some fill-flash mixed with the ambient light

Special Equipment or Comments:
This photograph required the help and cooperation of the Citzens for Responsible Growth in Clemson, South Carolina. They mobilized their supporters to come out on a cold and cloudy Sunday morning to help create this image. I rented a lift-truck, which I used to gain some height so that the entire group and the property in question, which is behind them, would show. Hot coffee and donuts were passed out to these dedicated early risers. A local business supplied a van to ferry the people from a nearby parking lot to the site of the photograph, which was right along a busy highway where there was no parking. All in all it took several days, many phone calls and emails to make it possible to take this photograph, which took about hour and 30 minutes to shoot.


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