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.
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.