Statement of Purpose

If you’re familiar with my site, Vanishing South Georgia, you’ll probably enjoy Vanishing Coastal Georgia. It will largely follow the same format and mission as the parent site, though its smaller geographic coverage area will allow me to focus more on the natural, as well as the man-made environment. Like all of Georgia, the coastal region has experienced unparalleled population growth in recent years. According to the Coastal Regional Commission, the area has experienced a growth rate of nearly 20 percent in the last 15 years alone, and as development continues to outpace that in much of the remainder of the state, many of its historic structures will be lost in the shuffle. It is my desire to share my vision of this region through these photographs, thereby preserving them for future generations.

Geographical Focus

As a matter of practice, I’m only including counties which border the coast: Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, McIntosh, Glynn, and Camden.

About the Photographs

To protect my images, I make them available on this website in a slightly lower resolution than that in which they are originally shot. That’s because today’s internet consumers seem to believe that just because they find a picture on the web that it’s presumably available for general use. Copyright infringement and “sharing” of images is an epidemic that threatens the intellectual property of nearly all photographers, so by showing these images in a reduced format, I’m trying my best to prevent just that.

Dates and Identifications

The identification of many properties on the website come from public resources, such as the Historic American Buildings Survey and the National Register of Historic Places. Many more are shared by people from the communities in which they are located. Sometimes, these identifications are challenged and when they are, I do my best to investigate with what resources I have available. Dates are even more notoriously difficult to pinpoint, and similar resources are used. I often use the term ‘circa’ to denote a probable date, again, based on available resources. None of this is etched in stone and I’m always glad to amend listings, as I strive to be as accurate as is possible.

Ultimately, I don’t claim to be an authority on dates or identifications but I’m a lifelong learner who is glad to take new material into consideration.

©Brian Brown Photography/Vanishing Media 2011-2021. ALL content on this website is protected by copyright. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this website’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may by used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Brian Brown and Vanishing North Georgia with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


13 responses to “About

  1. I would like to post a link to your web-site on mine. I own a seafood restaurant in Covington, Georgia. Please let me know if that is okay.
    Steve Freeman
    Low Country Fish Camp

  2. robert (bo) cooke

    i like the picture of the dock house on jones creek. i’m the proud owner. due to a divorce, the dock house and adjoining land (7.1 ac) is for sale

  3. J C Strother co

    Correction on J.C. Strother article, we are still here. The sign is correct
    because we still sell hardware and building supplies. Now we are the oldest business on Saint Simons Island.
    thank you,
    J.C.Strother staff

  4. Lena Ambos meeks

    I would like to know a little history about Colonel’s Island. I have been told that my great grandfather, Louis Ambos, owned the property and sold it in 1906 to Luke Youmans. Can you verify this for me or lead me to the correct book, etc.
    Thank you.
    Lena Ambos Meeks

  5. Kathy Bennett

    Would love to see this in a book form. Any possibility of that?

  6. Is there some way I can send you an email? Regarding use of some of your images as a basis for a painting…just would rather take off this posting format, j_body@bellsouth.net.

  7. Shelby

    Fantastic site! Glad I stumbled upon it.

  8. Sabrina Paulk

    My son found the stern for the Shrimp Boat , Capt. Zack out of Darien , Ga this morning on the beach in Jacksonville. I Googled it in the event the owner could be contacted and came across your site with a photograph of the boat in better times. Surely a result of Hurricane Matthew. If interested, or you have owners contact information, a photo can be forwarded.

  9. Sabrina

    If you can provide me a phone number I can forward the photo Josh sent to me. The photo is deceiving as the section of the boat is approximately 20′. Rigging is attached still . It is or as of yesterday located on Talbot Island.

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