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Photographer sees the city through the unique lens of its street signs


Our newspaper gives a weekly assignment to its readers who want to submit photos on a given theme, themes that run from "Urban decay" to "Seeing red" to "Signs of spring."

Along the same lines, the paper gave its photography staff an assignment to come up with a gallery on any theme that could run any time. For some reason, the title "Charleston streets, from A to Z" came to my mind right off the bat – two years ago.

After that, it was a matter of rummaging through the alphabetical listing of streets in an atlas for the assortment of names. Picking and choosing from among those and then scouting the possible intersections that each offered were the next steps in the hunt for pictures. So it was more of a slow on-and-off, start-and-stop marathon than an on-deadline dash.

Besides being a 26-picture trip through Charleston's street names, this gallery reflects a little glimpse of life under those signs and along those streets in our historic, coastal community.

Some letters were easy and obvious, like America Street for the A and Zig Zag Alley for the Z.

Others presented a surplus of choices: Parrothead, Peachtree, Percy, Perry, Pinckney, Pitt, Poinsett, Poplar, Poulnot, President, Princess and Prioleau, with Princess rising to the top to complete a royal trio with King and Queen.

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