Rodger Painter: SC Picture Project Photographer

South Carolina SC Picture Project Rodger Painter

The Man Behind the Lens ...

Over the last few years, we have had the pleasure of meeting Rodger Painter and sharing some of his wonderful photography in the SC Picture Project.

In addition to his visual skills, Rodger has also contributed vivid and nicely written descriptions of his photographs. To learn a little more about him, we asked him a few questions that we will now sharing with you.

Rodger in His Own Words ...

HOMETOWN:  I live in the Upstate in Gaffney, where I have spent most of my life except for some early years in Florida.

MY BEGINNINGS:  I have been taking pictures since my childhood. Nothing in particular got me started. I found I just have an innate love of photography. I am a big fan of natural light and scenes which are natural and unposed.

MOST UNUSUAL SCENE:  That's a tough one. Our state is filled with wonderful scenes enough to keep any photographer busy. Usually, the scenes in my pictures are really quite ordinary. My interest has been in photographing ordinary scenes, which a person might see everyday but seldom take time to notice. If that person pauses for a moment, looks at a scene in my picture and thinks, "Wow! I never paid attention to that before," then I feel my picture is a success.

MOST BEAUTIFUL SCENE:  I have many favorites. My most beautiful photograph, in my eye, usually is the one that I just finished taking.

FAVORITE PLACE TO PHOTOGRAPH:  Every area of our state has its own special and unique photogenic qualities, whether it be our mountains, beaches, forests, wetlands, parks, communities, countrysides or my own back yard. I tend to see everything through the viewfinder of my mind's eye.

IMAGE THAT BEST REPRESENTS SC:  Nothing comes to mind. Our state is much too diverse to contain in just one representative photograph.

FINAL THOUGHT:  It is gratifying if someone else enjoys looking at my photographs as much as I enjoy taking them. I know that I didn't create the scene in my picture, I only captured a fleeting moment of it – a moment which can be held and cherished for awhile within a photograph. The scene will become a totally new one the next moment or the next day, awaiting to be photographed again.

RODGER'S PHOTOS:  SC Picture Project

CONTACT RODGER:  You can contact me at

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