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Holger Obenaus featured on the cover of Charleston Style & Design


Seasoned architectural photographers generally know when they’ve “gotten” the shot — when the lighting is just so; the angles are just right; that unmistakable magic just clicks. It’s something that photographer Holger Obenaus is always seeking – and it’s certainly why his photo of a Wadmalaw Island country house landed on the cover of the recently released Spring 2020 edition of Charleston Style & Design magazine.


Sure, this magnificent, sprawling estate is made for its time in the spotlight. But, Holger fully translates its dimensional enchantment to a single page with a tree-framed cover photo that nearly seems lit from within — especially given the warm glow of the windows and the dreamy, cloud-flecked sky above.


For those who may not be familiar with the area, Wadmalaw is a lush, expansive Sea Island that’s about 30 minutes from Charleston. As such, the landscape is brimming with green — live oaks, farms, marshes — and is a gracious setting for this home.


The 4,072-square-foot masterpiece was designed by architect Bill Huey with a traditional Lowcountry style and a layout that maximizes views of the river directly outside. While it’s not an easy feat to capture such an expansive home and confine it to squares on a page, Holger invites everyone into space, revealing the home’s innate affinity for breezy, fresh formality and hospitality along with its penchant for indoor-outdoor living and entertaining.


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“With my photography I love to tell stories.  It’s the location, the architecture and the light that inspire me. The camera is the least important part in this process.”
~ Holger Obenaus
In particular, the image of the large screened porch practically begs you to pull up a chair and stare into the sunset — and the pool, pool pavilion, and river that surrounds the porch.


What a welcome indeed.


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