What's That?

Beaufort Art Association presents a different way of seeing The Lowcountry.

Ron Mabey is a graduate of the The Cleveland Institute of Art where he majored in Graphic/Advertising Design and Illustration with a minor in Photography. He spent six years with a commercial art studio in Cleveland until the snow and cold drove him to Atlanta, where he spent the next thirty years shuffling from one advertising job to another. During this period he also served as an adjunct professor at The Atlanta College of Art and The Art Institute of Atlanta.

Although Atlanta has less snow and cold than Cleveland, it has more traffic jams − a lot more traffic jams. Not wishing to spend the rest of his life viewing the world through a windshield, Mabey moved to Beaufort/Port Royal in 1999. For the next nine years he handled the advertising and promotional needs of three different real estate firms. Retirement in 2008 provided the opportunity for Mabey to pursue the interest he'd always had in photography.

All Mabey's photographs have been shot in the Beaufort/Port Royal area, but don't look for sea birds, sunsets on the marsh, ocean views, live oaks or (thankfully) no-see-ums in his work. His photos are studies of blotches, stains and other everyday subjects to which most of us pay little or no attention. While he does use a digital camera, none of Mabey's images have been computer manipulated. What the camera saw is what the viewer sees.