PETER   CRAM

   Cram’s love affair with photography began at a young age, nurtured by his father’s own interest in the art form. “I started with an Instamatic, throwing bird food out for cardinals,” he said. “My dad always had a camera and he was pretty generous about getting me film and having my photos printed.”

   That love for photography dovetailed with a love of the water, with Cram studying his craft at Sierra Nevada College at Lake Tahoe, Nev., then returning to Bluffton to work with the Cousteau Institute. A licensed captain, he has also spent time on the water shrimping, crabbing and serving as a fishing guide.

   The result of his expertise, both shooting and plying our area waterways, is a body of work that captures the haunting beauty all around us.