Davis's words and Frank Braden's pictures capture the edgy poetry
of Folly Beach. A must have for the beach-bum in all of us.
GARCIA, Pushcart Prize winner, National Endowment for the Arts
fellow, author of numerous books including, The Flying Garcias
and Braden capture perfectly the wild swing of Folly Beach from
sordid to sublime and back. Braden's lens adores every still life,
portrait and landscape, revealing with exuberance and skill the
gutter in all its glory, the splendor of the vanishing moment.
Davis's captions range from concise revelatory histories to a
luminous poetry, giving us a grasp of the paradox of our dirty
silk rag of a Folly, falling into the ocean through our fingers."
WILLIAMS, author of four chapbooks including, Craniogylph: A Memoir
in Verse. Williams also surfs 6th Street and does marine microbial
ecology research at Hollings Marine Lab not far from Folly Beach
“Frank Braden's extraordinary photographs artfully
capture both the eccentricity and beauty of Folly Beach and its
ALTERMAN, photographer, Cornices of Charleston; founder of the
Charleston Center for Photography
Braden's photographs of Folly Beach exude a sense of whimsy and
of the ephemeral moment as defined through light, wind and waves.
They celebrate the beach not only as a place of freedom and fun,
but also of contemplation and solitude. … Braden's images
help define why life "on the edge" is a capsule metaphor
for so much that is profoundly human. ”
BLAGDEN, fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers;
photographer, Lowcountry: The Natural Landscape; The ACE Basin;
The Rivers of South Carolina; and First Light: Acadia National
hits you over the head with color … more often than not
[his photographs] are full of humorous observations on life. …
He focuses on quiet and often elegant landscapes and [has a] penchant
am struck with the text of this beautiful book. In boxes we find
prose pieces which show us historical and anecdotal elements of
Folly. They alone make fascinating reading, even for those of
us who think they already know the island. But among the essays,
there is other text: poetry which brings up the quiet-turbulent-celebratory
elements of our psyche … Here the lines are not captions
for the pictures; they are moments of meditation where image by
image, line by line, silence by silence we say, “’Yes.
True of Folly but also true of me, my own soul.’ ”
ALLEN, winner of the Pushcart and Vassar Miller awards; author,
American Crawl; The Small Penis Oratorio and Ground Forces.