‘Vanishing South Georgia’ By Brian Brown


U.S. Highway 17, Camden County, GA

I found this image over at Vanishing South Georgia – a wonderful blog containing photographs by Brian Brown. Please go and take a look at his blog, my guess is that you’ll get lost there for a good long while. I emailed him after I saw the ‘Georgia Girl Drive-In’ image – to ask for his permission to post it here, permission that he readily granted – along with letting me know that the Georgia Historical Society had invited him to archive his photographs in their permanent collection. Quite an honor!

But it seems that Brown isn’t just a photographer – it seems that he’s a writer as well – a writer of poems. Here’s his Bio from his website:

Brian Brown is an author, photographer, and documentary historian from Fitzgerald, Georgia. Milton N. Hopkins, Jr., author of IN ONE PLACE: SIMPLE LIFE ON A GEORGIA FARM, was one of the first people to encourage his writing. At 16 he published observations on the birdlife of southern Georgia in THE ORIOLE, the state ornithological journal. While working on his high school newspaper, he interviewed Erskine Caldwell, legendary Georgia author of TOBACCO ROAD and GOD’S LITTLE ACRE. While at Young Harris College in 1989, he received the Danforth Bearse Memorial Poetry Prize for work in the CORN CREEK REVIEW. He earned a BA Degree in History from Flannery O’Connor’s Alma Mater, Georgia College (Now Georgia College & State University) in 1991. He has published extensively on Georgia history, with a concentration on the flight of the Confederate executive branch in 1865. He spent three years with the Department of Natural Resources at Irwinville, Georgia, site of Jefferson Davis’ capture by Union troops. He was instrumental in modernizing and documenting primary sources at the time of the state’s reacquisition of the property from Irwin County. His poems appear in over 50 journals, as well as several forthcoming anthologies. In 2008 he received the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, one of the largest independent literary prizes in the United States. Presently, he’s documenting vernacular architecture and folk culture for his site, VANISHING SOUTH GEORGIA. 

I have a feeling that I’ll be asking his permission to post alot of things here in the future. You can read more about Brian Brown here.