John A. Carlos II is a freelance photojournalist, portrait, commercial, and wedding photographer in Columbia, SC working with The Post and Courier, The Free Times, and more.


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"Thank you for visiting my page hope you will enjoy the photos and stories I tell here." - John A. Carlos II

I'm a photojournalist, living in Columbia, SC. I'm an avid soccer fan aka real football, a lover of BBQ, and a #beer connoisseur. Join me on my photographic ramblings.


Dodged & Burned:

A PhotoBlog by Columbia, SC photojournalist John A. Carlos II 


A Month-In-Photos: August 2020

September 4, 2020


A selection of some of my best photos taken in August 2020. After a long couple of months in the hellscape that Columbia becomes in the summer, my body finally had enough of the heat and I got a health scare in the way of heat exhaustion. I thought it could be COVID-19, so I got a test and quarantine myself until the test results came in. This year has been terrible and missing a week of work hurts even more than in years past. I was able to make the most of the days that I had left in the month and got to cover a couple of stories at the end of the month.




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A Month-In-Photos: July 2020

September 4, 2020


A selection of some of my best photos taken in July 2020. I really didn't pick up my camera much during the hot miserable month, but I did have a couple of assignments from The Post and Courier and The Free Times.





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A Month-In-Photos: June 2019

July 1, 2020


A selection of some of my best photos taken in June 2020

2020 remains crazy, the protest that started in May continued, as COVID-19 numbers continued to rise across the state and in the rest of the country.




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A Month-In-Photos: May 2020

June 4, 2020

A selection of some of my best photos taken in May 2020. Last month white people were protesting because they could get a hair cut, this month people are protesting over the killing of George Floyd, and police brutality against the black community, continued today in Columbia. I covered the protest for three days. On the first day, I witness the collapse of societal norms. As peaceful protest turn violent, when buildings were vandalized with spray paint and broken windows, unattended Columbia police cruisers were smashed, and then set fire by a crowd that was at its boiling point.


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A Month-In-Photos: April 2020

May 4, 2020


A selection of some of my best photos taken in April 2020. It has been a very slow month for me... not that I'm complaining. Another crazy month even though all of my calendar was canceled because of COVID-19. For the 2nd month, I've been limited to just a few assignments. I hope y'all are doing good and May the 4th be with you!



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A Month-In-Photos: March 2020

April 6, 2020


A selection of some of my best photos taken in March 2020. I considered not even doing a post this month, I was going to just post a picture with the words canceled in bold on a white background. But then I decided to do something, even though I might not get paid to take them.





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A Month-In-Photos: February 2020

March 6, 2020


A selection of my best photos taken in February 2020.






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A Month-In-Photos: January 2020

February 6, 2020


New year new me? Only time will tell, but this year is going to be a good one. January may have been slow. But I still was able to capture some photos. Here is a selection of some of my best photos taken in January 2020.




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A Year-In-Photos: 2019

January 19, 2020


2019 was crazy, it went by faster than I'd like. In this blog post, you'll see a selection of my best photos taken in 2019. I wish I had someone else that would have posted this for me there are so many photos that didn't make this list that possibly should of I just can't think of all the photos that I took that would be worthy of this honor...lol...Enjoy!



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A Month-In-Photos: November 2019

December 19, 2019


A selection of some of my best photos taken in November 2019. A lot of portraits I didn't have much else to photograph this past month, I took photos for an upcoming Free Times Lexington guide and I took a bunch for Serve & Connect.




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A Month-In-Photos: October 2019

December 18, 2019


A selection of some of my best photos taken in October 2019. There was too much politics this month, I could have and maybe should've photographed even more. I didn't get to photograph the President again but got to cover the crowd outside of the event which might have been better.



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A Month-In-Photos: September 2019

December 18, 2019


A selection of some of my best photos taken in September 2019. Lots of photos from this month, in fact, I'm still processing through a lot of the images. I got to photograph a lot of Football and Hootie & The Blowfish!




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