Return to Sparta

So as most of you probably already know I did a video on Sparta, Ga in Hancock County for my Youtube channel for this project talking about all of the suffering in Sparta since the loss of the Sparta Furniture Factory at the end of the 1990s. Many of the old small business buildings in Sparta now sit empty and decaying and it’s really sad, but after I posted my video I had a comment from Robert Currey, the owner of Currey & Company, who is now a resident of Sparta and he was not happy with me for my …

Old Holiday Inn in Marietta, Ga

So an item that has been a point of contention in the City of Marietta, Georgia is this old Holiday Inn hotel that sits along Delk Road off I-75 in Marietta. Built in 1975, this hotel sported 193 rooms on six floors and was in service up until an electrical fire in 2006 forced it’s closing. This is an especially tragic story as 1 hotel guest was killed in the fire and 20 others were injured. Over the years the property has been owned by a few different owners and many times the city has been promised that the hotel …

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 …