Deep Roots (3) – Copyright Brian Brown, 2011
Christopher Martin, the excellent editor of Flycatcher: A Journal of Native Imagination, recently published my photo essay “Big Hammock of the Altamaha” in the premier issue of that journal. Please check it out, and if you have an interested in the natural environment of the south, you’ll be back for more. Let him know what a great job he’s doing!
Brian Brown – Photo Copyright Mike McCall 2011
I’ll be speaking about my photography and Vanishing South Georgia, with an emphasis on the loss of rural communities and landmarks in the region. I’ll be supplementing the presentation with some of my favorite images, and the stories behind them. Admission is free to the public and I’ll also be signing copies of my books after the lecture.
Peterson Hall Art Gallery
South Georgia College
8 November 2011 – 7PM
Apart, Copyright C. Michael McCall, 2010
My friend and sometime collaborator, C. Michael McCall of Ludowici, Georgia, maintains a beautiful website called Lightmotif, where you’ll find everything from portrait work to top-notch nature photography. He also shares some of his images of Savannah’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Rugby Tournament. He makes a pilgrimage to that event each year, and his work there has become increasingly popular among participants from all over the country. Mike has a great eye for detail and his careful attention to the art is immediately apparent as you browse through his posts. I think what inspires me most about Lightmotif is its variety; Mike is not afraid to experiment with different techniques, in the spirit of a true art photographer. Please pay him a visit and let him know what you think!
Irina, Copyright C. Michael McCall, 2009
Fog Along Hwy 301, Copyright C. Michael McCall, 2009
St. Patrick’s Day Rugby Tournament, Copyright C. Michael McCall, 2010
See his work:
Or better yet, buy his book here:
A Brief History of the Wiregrass
Your only business here is conjuring the past.
A tintype of your pioneer grandmother
Your piedmont grandfather, asthmatic
This world born in the wink of a lightning storm,
One day you’ll crucify yourself
crackling deep inside your bones.
This was published in Town Creek Poetry, one of the best online poetry journals out there, several years ago, but it’s still a favorite. I think it conveys what I think about the land of my origins in words, similar to what I try to convey in my photographs.
As a result of the success of Vanishing South Georgia, I have initiated a long-term project of books related to specific counties and localities within its boundaries. My first efforts to that end focus on Irwin County, a predominately agricultural area located near the geographic center of South Georgia. Irwin was one of the largest counties in the state in the first years of the 19th century; it later played host to the capture of Jefferson Davis and the bureaucrats of the Great Depression. Today, it stands at a great crossroads, sure of its history and confident of its future, and I hope that the images in this collection will inspire pride in its residents and admirers.
Signed copies may be obtained by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Lapham-Patterson House, Thomasville – Copyright Brian Brown 2011
My photograph of the Lapham-Patterson House was the Grand Prize winner in this year’s “Show Us Your Favorite Thomasville Landmark” Photo Contest. Thomasville Landmarks is a great preservation organization, actively preserving and promoting the history of one of Georgia’s most beautiful communities. And they don’t just focus on the city of Thomasville; they also bring attention to smaller communities in Thomas County which are in danger of fading from memory. Pay them a visit, and better yet, join their cause!
This is one of a series of my photographs which will be part of the show “Picturing Our History”, at the historic Ritz Theatre in Brunswick, Georgia, in November 2011. Rob Nixon has organized this exhibit to highlight the history of Coastal Georgia, and Mike McCall and Troup Nightingale will have work in the show, as well. The opening reception will be on 4 November 2011, from 5-8 PM.
Mike McCall’s website, Lightmotif, may be viewed here:
Troup Nightingale’s work is viewable here:
Photo: Don’t Let Today Slip Away – Copyright Brian Brown 2010
Here is the book cover, expertly photoshopped, that I did for my friend Owen Keehnen’s first horror novel, Doorway Unto Darkness, last summer. Owen is such a nice guy and he made the process so enjoyable. It’s a great story, if you like horror and having the daylights scared out of you!
My articles on the capture of Jefferson Davis and the Union settlement of Fitzgerald, first published online at the New Georgia Encyclopedia, were recently published in The Civil War in Georgia: A New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion, edited by John Inscoe. The book, which is a collaboration between the Georgia Humanities Council and the University of Georgia Press, can be purchased through UGA Press or Amazon.