JayneParker“Coming South for the first time in the late spring I had a head of full of images of what this place might be like,” writes Jayne Parker in the Artist Statement for her photography exhibit, A Year in the Lowcountry. 

“However much research is done on the approach to a new life, books read, movies examined, Instagram plundered, there is always the moment on arrival when a place suddenly swims into focus and presents as a whole for the first time. I was expecting humid but I hadn’t accounted for the richness of the air and its assault on the uninitiated. I had seen the poetry of the marsh landscape but here was the low-tide revelation of primordial mud punctuated by oyster shells and the white of egret wings. I was intrigued by the trails of moss draped ghoulishly outside my bedroom window, blown to smithereens when Irma came to town. Everything was close to my idea of it and at the same time completely different.” 

Last spring, Jayne – who hails from England by way of Manhattan – opened a pop-up gallery in Habersham, and her exhibit proved so popular she extended it for several months, through the holidays. Now, for the first time, she’s exhibiting her Lowcountry photographs in downtown Beaufort at Scout Southern Market. The public is invited to meet Jayne Parker and view her work at a reception on Friday, February 22 from 5 – 7 pm. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Scout is located at 709 Bay Street. For more information, visit www.jaynelouiseparker.com