TDC: During your years of photography, is there a picture that you’ve taken that stands out as your favorite?
MGP: I really don’t have one favorite image, I could never choose! But I can think of two that stand out to me right now.
One is a photo I took of two boys in India [Pictured above]. We visited their school and they were running away from me and giggling while I attempted to take their photo. They finally sat down at a table in one of their classrooms and both smiled at me. Their little faces just remind me of the sweet, humble and playful children we met while visiting Kolkata. I was so grateful that I was able to go on that trip. It was eye opening and life changing.
The second is the photograph that I took of the Mother Emanuel church back in January [Pictured above next to wood doors]. At that time, of course, I never imagined that such a tragedy could happen in this city in that beautiful church. As soon as I heard the news I found the image I took and re-posted it with the Bible verse, “Cast your burden on the Lord and he will sustain you” from Psalm 55:22. Now that I look at this image again after these shocking events, the angle of the church reaching to the blue sky symbolizes hope to me. And I think that HOPE has been represented in the words and actions of the victims’ families and the church members at AME.
I've posted two images of the AME church on my Etsy shop and 100% of the profits I make from the sales of these two photos will go toward the Mother Emanuel Hope Fun.
TDC: Favorite Charleston restaurant right now? (hard question!)
MGP: That IS a hard question! I love trying out new Charleston restaurants and lately it’s been hard to keep up! Two of my favorites right now are Minero on East Bay Street and Leon’s on Upper King. Both have a fun atmosphere and everything I’ve tasted at each place is delicious!
Thank you Melissa for your time! Be sure to follow MGP on Instagram as well!
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Best, Emily Kirby