Continuing Work, Working with New Partners

So now that I have expanded the Forgotten Pieces of Georgia project to include mini-documentary films as well as still photos, I have been asked by the Sparta¬†Ishmaelite, which is the local newspaper in Sparta, Ga, to do some original content for their paper in the hopes of fostering a sense of community again in their small city. Over the last few decades, in addition to losing the Sparta Furniture Factory, there has been a LOT of increased tensions between the citizens and the local government. I have not gotten the entire “skinny” on the issues, but I believe from …

A Bit of Good News!

So a while back I had photographed an old cotton gin building that sits along Hwy 81 in Walton County, Ga that had been sitting rusting away for quite some time. Well last weekend As we were driving back from my Loganville house in Gwinnett County, we drove down Route 81 and low and behold, the building was purchased by a local man who has started his own auto repair business in this old cotton gin. Now I spoke with him briefly and got permission to photograph the outside of the building as it is now, which is amazing! He …

Expanding the Project

So as I am wrapping up my Bachelors in Digital Photography at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, I just finished my e-Portfolio class and as part of that class my Professor and I decided it would be a good idea to expand this project’s web and Social Media presence. Originally I only had a Facebook page for this project and a single portfolio of images on my main Liam Photography website. So now my project has it’s own Instagram, Twitter, Website and Youtube Channel and I finished and uploaded my video on Sparta, Ga in Hancock County. What this means …

Sparta Furniture Manufacturing Company

This week as part of my Sparta, Ga project I completed my Youtube video on the city. Sparta is the County Seat of Hancock County and was once a very prosperous and thriving little city. Founded in 1795 Sparta became a large part of Georgia’s cotton industry. The building shown above was originally¬†the Sparta Cotton Warehouse which sat along the all important rail line, but with the arrival of the boll weevil in the 1920s the cotton industry was decimated. The building was later bought in the 1950s and turned into the Sparta Furniture Manufacturing Company. The new company made …