Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #156: Black and White

Many thanks to Anne Sandler of Slow Shutter Speed for guest hosting with the theme of Black and White. My contribution to the challenge is a selection of photos from a recent tour of Andulsia, author Flannery O’connor’s home in Milledgeville, Georgia. She was the author of two novels, thirty-one short stories, and many essays and reviews.

O’Conner lived at Andalusia from 1951 until her death in 1964. To help take us back to the time when Flannery lived here I converted these photos to black and white.

Andalusia was first settled in 1814 as a cotton plantation and farm. In 1931, Flannery’s uncle purchased the property. She moved to Andalusia in 1951 after being diagnosed with Lupus and lived there with her mother until she died in 1964. She did much of her writing while living there.

Our tour began at Flannery’s home which is shown in the header image at the top of the page. As we walked through the rooms I felt like I had gone back in time to my childhood.

There are several out buildings around the property. Hill House was built in the 1820’s and was the original home at Andalusia.

The cow barn.

Flannery raised Peacocks and these two are descendants of her birds.

Andalusia was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Today it is owned by Georgia College and open to the public. To learn more please visit Georgia College – Andalusia.

All of these photos were shot in color and edited using Photoshop Elements.

Many thanks to Anne Sandler for this challenge. Please be sure to visit her original post at Lens-Artists Challenge #156: Black and White

18 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #156: Black and White

  1. Excellent selections! These BnW images of O’connor’s home tell wonderful stories. Great capture of these two peacocks. The first photo is magnificent!

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    1. Anne, thank you so much for the challenge! I’ve been wanting to post something about Andalusia and you gave me the inspiration to use black and white images. I was really happy with the way the peacocks looked in black and white.

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  2. I’m so glad you took us on this tour. O’Connor has always been a favorite writer for me, so seeing her roots helps me put her in place. In addition, her home in Savannah was closed during the pandemic when we visited, so I never got to see that. Beautiful images, even more poignant — and possibly to her liking — in black and white.

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    1. Many thanks! I thought black and white really worked for the time period and that it fit well with her writing. We’ve never been to her home in Savannah. I’m not sure if it has opened back up yet but when it does we will have to take a tour.

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          1. Thanks so much for this information.

            I have a question for you: Are you leading the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #158 on July 24? I thought it was someone else, but Patti Moed said it was you. Let me know if it is and what the topic is. Is it Postcards?

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