Sunset at the Pawley’s Island Chapel

Written by

Jason Barnette


June 10, 2012

I was driving along the peaceful Myrtle Avenue on Pawleys Island, looking out across the marshes behind the island, counting as I passed one dock after another. Suddenly out of nowhere I caught sight of a brilliant white chapel extending out over the water and surrounded by sweetgrass. The Pawley’s Island Chapel has been on my mind ever since, and one day I decided to capture a sunset photo here.

Sunset at an old church on Pawleys Island, SC on Monday, April 2, 2012. Copyright 2012 Jason Barnette

The chapel, officially known as the Pawley’s Island House of Worship, was moved from nearby Georgetown to this location in 1946. Ever since it has operated as the only house of worship on the island and is a frequent destination for summer weddings. But I’m not planning to get hitched anytime soon, so my interest in this chapel is for the beautiful photography.

Extending out over the water with beautifully decorative windows, the chapel is a unique and exciting subject for photography. The sun sets out across the marsh water throughout the year, so there is always a good chance of capturing a stunning sunset photo.

On this particular day the conditions were just right for a nice photo about half an hour before sunset. Of course the sun disappeared behind a bank of clouds right at the horizon, preventing me from capturing a photo of a sky full of color. But that’s alright; this chapel is so beautiful that I will definitely return again (and again and again) to try again.

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