Brant Barrett: Santee Coastal Reserve

By  |  December 7, 2014

Artist: Brant Barrett

Location: South Carolina

Project: Santee Coastal Reserve 

Artist statement:

For the past year I have been documenting the Santee Coastal Reserve, a Wildlife Management Area operated by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. This twenty-four thousand acre tract encompass some of the greatest bio-diversity on the east coast. The eco-system includes barrier islands, marine estuaries, fresh and brackish water impoundments, rivers, maritime forest, and natural stands of longleaf pine and southern live oak. Santee Coastal provides nesting sites for loggerhead turtles, bald eagles, and the endangered Red-cockaded woodpecker. Santee Coastal annually attracts over forty percent of the state’s migratory waterfowl. It is my goal, through my art, to educate the public about the importance of these resources and help insure the continued protection of our Wildlife Management Areas, some of South Carolina’s least known, but most important wild spaces.

Brant Barrett: As a youth, I spent untold hours fishing, swimming and crabbing in the warm waters of St. Helena’s Sound near Beaufort, South Carolina. Those early years instilled in me a life-long love of nature and the South Carolina Lowcountry. As I grew older I became very interested in the history of the area. The confluence of time and place has led me to develop photographic projects that put a modern interpretation on areas or events historically significant to the region. More of Brant's work can be seen at

Jeff Rich is a photographer based in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Jeff currently teaches photography at Coastal Carolina University. He curates the OA’s weekly photo series, Eyes on the South.