Jennifer Ervin moves into stillness

Still life photos from Daniel Island

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Photographer Jennifer Ervin says she tries to capture moments that people don't always notice, moments full of poetry that bring people peace. Her newest series, Moving into Stillness, is on display at the Saul Alexander Gallery in the Charleston County Public Library until July 31.

This still-life collection contains an array of natural elements like flowers, leaves, and rocks depicted in black and white. She used a stripped-down technique to create the images with low light levels, no flash, and limited equipment. "It really made me focus on the composition of things," says Ervin. "I was inspired by my daily walks on Daniel Island. I started finding all these great objects. I was also inspired by the music I love — I love the blues."

Her work for the last seven years has mainly been photographs of her children. Past series have been exhibited at the Hyman Fine Arts Center at Francis Marion University and won her the Jo-Ann Fender Scarborough award in 2009.

Ervin, who lives in Charleston with her husband and three daughters, studied painting and photography at Francis Marion University and received her MFA in graphic design from Boston University in 2002.

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