Scott Garlock Photography
"Scott has an amazing intuition to capture the essence of each structure. His photography ignites a spark .... a recollection of days long ago
and urges us to preserve and protect our past before these structures return to the earth."
Michael Ausbon Decorative Art Associate Curator at the North Carolina Museum of History
Recent PostsVerses with a View "Hidden Stories of Abandoned Places" -North Carolina Museum of History Sept.4th 2015 Steak & Pies Opening Day - Rural Revival -Photographs of Home and Preservation of Place 1849 - - - Millbrook Home For The Holidays "Christmas at Hebron" Rural Revival: Photographs of Home and Preservation of Place "2015 Whispers From The Past" Photo Book Contest Drawing Winner Vanquished & Vanishing
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Enjoy your day, Scott
Verses with a View
I'm proud to announce Scott Garlock Photography's newest book "Verses with a View." "Verses with a View" is a 68 page 7"x 7" Inspirational Collection of over 60 of my all-time favorite fine art photographs with an accompanying Bible verse meticulously chosen for each photograph.
For every hand- hewed beam that I photograph, for every forgotten staircase I traverse, and for each footstep I take on wooden steps beautifully distressed from a lifetime of footfalls; I can’t help but think of those that once called the many abandoned structures that I photograph, home. These were once the homes of proud southern agrarians, whose work ethic seasoned in blood and sweat, can still be felt by simply touching the sunburned head of an old hand forged nail sticking out of an old split rail fence. Having walked the abandoned halls of many time forgotten farmhouses and getting the opportunity to speak to the surviving relatives of those that once filled those halls with laughter, I’ve come to understand that these lifetime agrarians were not only committed to their work ethic but more importantly to their faith. It was their strong faith that governed every facet of their lives, and thankfully, it is that same faith that heavily influences my photography.
“Verses with a View” represents through God’s word the thoughts and feelings I experience when capturing these moments in time. Furthermore, it conveys that every photograph I take is a gift with a message, and that there is meaning in everything that we encounter.
As you turn the pages of “Verses with a View,” I hope you enjoy my photography and the scripture verse which I feel imparts an appropriate message of the gift I received, a gift I am passing on to you.
"Verses with a View" is available in 4 versions as follows:
"Verses with a View" is available in 4 versions as follows:
HIDDEN STORIES OF ABANDONED PLACES
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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 04,2015
NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF HISTORY
So what are doing September 4th? How about spending an evening with me at the North Carolina Museum of History for a special Friday night event titled "Hidden Stories of Abandoned Places" which is sponsored by the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies and the Duke University MFA|EDA Program along with the Durham County Library.
I will be a panelist speaking about one of my favorite abandoned Warren County, NC homesteads, the Foster Robertson farmhouse, whose history I've chronicled through my photography. The photograph below as well many others will be featured at the event.
This program was inspired by my ongoing exhibition, Rural Revival: Photographs of Home and Preservation of Place at the North Carolina Museum of History, featuring the work of North Carolina-based photographer Scott Garlock, who will be a panelist for the discussion.
So If you're in Raleigh, NC around 6:30 pm on September 4th and looking for something to do, I would love to meet you and hope to see you there. For more information on this fantastic event, please click the link below!
A lone dust covered suitcase patiently awaits a reunion that will never take place existing as a memorial and tangible evidence there will always be unfinished business. (2015)
Photographer's Notes - Residing in the ruins of an old Warren County, NC farmhouse, a dust covered suitcase exists as a memorial to a final chapter written in the life of a hardworking soul. It is believed that the old farmer who called this old place home fell suddenly ill and either he or his family were preparing for assisted living or possibly an extended hospital stay when things became more dire and final. Along with the suitcase, a collection of well worn wing tip shoes and work boots have spilled down the stairs from the tattered remains of a cloth shoe holder that once hung on an upstairs bedroom door. A couple elements of this photograph that resonated with me personally was that of the worn out sole of the upside down shoe that resides at the bottom of the steps and the old farm tools propped up against the wall in the far background. The shoe's torn and ripped surface, in my mind, symbolizing what it was like to walk a mile in this man's shoes and the farm implements representing a lifetime commitment to a chosen vocation. These visuals really hit home with me. In regards to my choice not to use color photography, because of the low light conditions of the interior, I felt the scene was best processed as a black & white photograph.
Steak & Pies
For my many Facebook Page friends and www.scottgarlockphotography.com clients that have requested that I consider publishing a book, well I'm pleased to announce the availability of “Steak & Pies,” a compilation of short stories of my true life humorous experiences being a professional photographer as well as those special moments with my seven year old son Nathan who is featured on the cover.
If all goes well, this book will hopefully be the first in a series of books.
My hope is to place a smile on your face as you take the time to read these stories and do a little walking in my shoes. The book is available is two versions - paperback and E-book at Amazon .com for $13.99 and $9.99 respectively. Click the title below for a direct link to my Amazon.com. authors page.
Good evening everyone,
I sure had fun meeting everyone today at the North Carolina Museum of History Exhibition " Rural Revival : Photographs of Home and Preservation of Place. I got a chance to meet good friends of mine from the Facebook page, Just Shutter Bugs. From Left to right : Mr. Bob Mayerhofer, Mrs. Jean Finch Inscoe, myself and Mrs. Rhonda FlanaganTerry. I sincerely appreciate everyone stopping by and visiting. Have a great evening and I look forward to a great series of Sunday posts. Thank you.
From Left to right Mr. Bob Mayerhofer, Mrs. Jean Finch Inscoe, myself and Mrs. Rhonda Flanagan Terry.
Comments By Visitors & Friends:
Rhonda Flanagan Terry - Just Shutter Bugs
What an awesome day at the NC Museum of History! The exhibit was awesome, and the collection of photos was inspiring and beautiful. It also was such a pleasure to meet and talk with Scott Garlock and Jean Finch Inscoe, as well as to see Bob Mayerhofer again, whom I had had the pleasure to meet before. We also got to meet Scott's other half, and his son, which was an added treat, such an awesome family! Hope you will check out the exhibit if you are in the Raleigh area. Looking forward to meeting more of you as time goes on, so we will definitely be planning a spring photo get-together once the weather warms up. It's been a good day. Of course we had to get a photo with Scott (yeah, he is a tall one!)
Matthew Irvin - February 20 at 7:48pm - I drove to Raleigh today to see Scott Garlock's exhibition "Rural Revival: Photographs of Home and Preservation of Place" at the North Carolina Museum of History. It is well worth the drive from Norwood just to go see this and if you are closer, this is a must see. The exhibit runs through September 27, so there is time. Here is a link to the NC Museums webpage on the exhibition:
Rhonda Flanagan Terry - So very excited to be heading to the NC Museum of History today to view the exhibit by Scott Garlock Photography and to meet him in person! The exhibit, Rural Revival, opened yesterday, and this photo is just one of the many beautiful old homes that Scott has preserved forever with his photography. This exhibit is sure to thrill those who love old homes, the architecture, the history, and leave us all wishing walls could talk. Scott's exhibit runs through September 27, 2015, so if you are in the Raleigh area, you will not want to miss it!
George W. Lennon - Highly recommended! Amazing photos. Beautifully printed and framed. Tour guide (Scott) is highly recommended too! Nothing like it - so don't wait. And join the History Associates to stay up to date on exhibits, parties and trips. Best, George
Tessa Wood-Woolard - HAD A GREAT TIME TODAY AT THE Scott Garlock RURAL REVIVAL EXHIBIT!!!! Seeing these images hanging was incredible. They tell a story. A story of survival. Of lives lived. Of time going by. This mantle that graces the entry was saved from a home in the Charlotte area before it was demolished. If you get a chance go see this show at the NC Museum of History!! I'll be returning!
Rhonda Flanagan Terry - I wouldn't have missed your exhibit and the opportunity to meet you in person. Thanks for sharing your time with us today, and for being an inspiration to so many of us. Loved, loved, loved your exhibit!
Mary Glenn Green - I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit and your personal narratives of your photographs today. I hope I can come back when you are there again and have you sign the book I got my daughter.
Jennifer Nittler - I would have loved to see your exhibition! Colorado is a long ways away though...love your pictures Scott!
Margaret H. Moseley - Congratulations on your exhibit.
Peg Van Dyne - So happy to have found your photography. My husband & I love to cruise around looking at abandoned old property! To me it is natural art.
Angie Josjor - how great it would be to see your exhibit, congrats!!!
Myrna C. Cordero - Again congratulations Scott. Well deserved.
Mary Lib Taylor - Such a honor, Scott
Doe Shively - Great picture!
Darlene Martin What a pleasure it was to visit your exhibit and meet you in person! My granddaughters continue to point out old houses and barns from the back seat of the car, amusing my daughter and son-in-law with their new "hobby." I look forward to many more of your posts; your witty writing and genuine love for things of the past. Again, congratulations on your successes, and I know there will be many more to come!
Stone masonry sentries entangled in nature, their rusted iron gates frozen in time as they faithfully stand guard. Brushing back the thorn clad vines walking the broken contours of rock and mortar, a date and name can be seen giving provenance to this lost realm:
Walking past the muted sentries, the remnants of a private road that meanders through a grove of venerable oaks, lies ahead. The rhythmic sound of a cold winter rain filtering through soft pines, resonating off recently fallen leaves provides cadence to this journey. Skeletal oaks, their long gnarled branches beckoning me to continue. Suddenly....reminiscent of ruins of a lost civilization... the hipped roof of an old plantation home comes into view towering over the surrounding trees. Subtle details of the massive home can be seen behind a wall of winter foliage. With reverence, navigating nature's labyrinth, it’s time ravaged architectural elements are both breathtaking and heartbreaking to behold. Through a pair of broken second story doors that once opened to a now splintered portico, rain water can be seen trickling down deep fissures that run down thick plastered walls. Hand carved roundel corner block medallions that adorn an upstairs bedroom doorway glisten with moisture from wind driven rain. Walking aside this forsaken beauty one truly feels diminutive, its large six over six windows unceremoniously covered in tin roofing give tantalizing glimpses into the venerable home's compromised interior. A rear entrance, open to the elements, beholds the most tragic scene of all as rain water can been seen streaming down a rear staircase, its vintage woodwork soft by the hand of nature. Water pooled atop rotted floor coverings in the main hall lead to the front entrance staircase, its white painted hand railing emerging from the darkness. Respectfully and with heavy heart, this wayward guest decides to take his leave. Before making my way back up that long overgrown path, I find myself standing in front of the home one last time, the afternoon sun graciously breaking through the clouds illuminating the weathered face of this once proud southern home. A perfect time to pay my final respects to her and those that called her home.
I hope you enjoyed the personal account of my last visit to Millbrook, the Warren County, NC plantation home of Nathan Miliam (1802 -1870) and his wife Elizabeth Fitts (1805 - 1884) The Milams were married on August 22nd 1827 in Warren County NC. Nathan was appointed postmaster of the Macon Depot on February 21st 1855. Their Greek Revival home was built by renown Virginia builder Jacob Holt around 1849.
The above black & white photograph of Millbrook is one of two photographs that will represent my last photos taken of the home. Its compromised interior environment is the most dangerous I've encountered having almost claimed my life once before. In just the last year and a half since I first visited the home, it has rapidly deteriorated loosing 25% more of it's roof due to a recent collapse.
Unfortunately the stars fell out of alignment for this lost piece of southern history many years ago. The stories are varied as to why but the results are the same, another historic home, whose architectural pedigree is indigenous to a very localized part of the state and found nowhere else in the country, is lost to the ages. Could the home have been saved? Would education in preservation and restoration made a difference in Millbrook's fate? The answers are quite possibly...yes. Had the current property owners had a deeper appreciation for the home and it's place in Warren County's history, maybe they could have put their differences aside and the house wouldn't be in ruin today. Had they been educated on preservation programs and associated resources available to them, the family might have choose another path for Millbrook. Awareness and appreciation in regards to preservation and restoration of these homes are key to their continuing to their survival. Every time one of these historic homes are razed or left to deteriorate, the chronological age of what is considered historic in a particular community is reset to later date which is truly tragic.
Millbrook is the perfect embodiment for the mission of the upcoming
2015 North Carolina Museum of History
"Rural Revival: Photographs of Home and Preservation of Place".
* developing awareness of the continued need to preserve these historically significant homes and places;
* educating our citizens about the community benefits of historic preservation;
* informing citizens about historic-preservation resources available to them,
* recognizing successful restoration projects.
To help accomplish these goals, the North Carolina Museum of History is partnering with these preservation entities who are responsible for helping give back a voice to the walls of old and forsaken homes that we all inspire to hear speak:
* The State Historic Preservation Office;
* Preservation North Carolina;
* Edgecombe Community College’s Historic Preservation Technology Program
CALL TO ACTION
With that said, I'm sounding a Call to Action to all of my friends here at Scott Garlock Photography!
I've been told by officials at the North Carolina Museum of History that those that follow my work are the very demographic that they want to attract and they hope appreciate this Exhibition and the preservation endeavors of the museum. As you may know, the museum has created a fundraiser project that will not only help fund this exhibition and future exhibitions, but act as barometer for interest in future preservation related projects. This is the first time that the North Carolina History Museum has used various social media outlets to garner interest and support for their programs Let's help them to be successful in their efforts.
My challenge to all my photography followers is for every Facebook Book "Like" that 1849 - Millbrook generates, that you would take just 3 minutes out of your day and $ 1.00 out of your pocket and show a token of your appreciation for the North Carolina Museum of History's efforts, as well as those of the State Historic Preservation Office, Preservation North Carolina and Edgecombe Community College’s Historic Preservation Technology Program.
Also, let us not forget the efforts of a certain photographer who risks life and limb crawling through the bowels of abandoned homes to capture those unique photographs that you look forward to everyday! I know for a fact that he would appreciate your support of the North Carolina Museum of History and the "Rural Revival: Photographs of Home and Preservation of Place" Exhibition and the sponsoring programs.
So please take the time, (only 3 minutes and $1.00 dollar - any amount is greatly appreciated, donations are tax deductible) to show how much you care. I think it would mean a lot to the North Carolina Museum of History to collect over 500 $1.00 donations than one generous donation in the same amount. That would demonstrate true support for their programs both present and future.
Just click the link below
January 26, 2015
"Home for the Holidays"
As nature takes a breath on a cold winter morn, an icy breeze salted with a pinch of snow swirls through an empty window. Stripped of its mantel, an old fireplace hasn't seen the home fires burn for what seems like an eternity. Where homemade toys once resided with the sound of wooden wheels and glass marbles resonating under bead board ceilings , now only dust and debris populate the once meticulously swept pine floors. Standing among the lifeless ruins with exhaled breath dissipating into the frigid air, it's hard to imagine the warmth these textured walls once enjoyed. Yet with the closing of one's eyes, the spirit of Christmases past begin to slowly reveal themselves and for a cherished brief moment, this stranger feels like a welcomed guest once more, blessed to be "Home for the Holidays."(2014)
I always wanted to create a visual representation of what I try to imagine in my minds eye when I visit forsaken homesteads such as this old Warren County, NC farmhouse. Through some post production magic I was able the breath some Christmas Spirit back into this once proud home by placing a old fashioned Christmas Tree in the corner of the room complete with two excited young children helping decorate for the holidays. This isn't about seeing ghosts, rather I felt the project was important in that it reminds folks that these old relics of the past, considered by most as a bane of societal existence, were at one time alive with holiday spirit cherished by the long departed souls that called them.....home!
Merry Christmas everyone!
"Christmas at Hebron"
Good Sunday morning everyone!
I introduce to you Hebron Methodist Church, the oldest Methodist church in continuous use in North Carolina.
The following is a little history on the historic church and the man responsible for its construction:
He obtained the title of County Trustee from 1802-1808 and was named as guardian to at least ten minor children and more importantly became a State Senator in 1809.
At his death in 1847, he owned several tracts.
The church is located seven miles east of Wise and is on Wise Five Fork Road in Oakville, NC.
Good morning everyone! I thought I would start the day off with an announcement that I've been looking forward to posting for quite awhile. I have been given the official go ahead by Mr. Michael Ausbon, the Decorative Arts Associate Curator of the North Carolina Museum of History, to announce with great honor, an upcoming photography exhibition that will take place in early 2015. The Exhibition, titled: Rural Revival: Photographs of Home and Preservation of Place, will run from February 20, 2015 through September 27, 2015 at the North Carolina Museum of History and will showcase over 50 images of my photography. The following is more detailed information regarding the Exhibition:
Exhibition Title: Rural Revival: Photographs of Home and Preservation of Place
I'm pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Whispers From The Past Photo Book Contest Drawing is Natalie Binette from Bangor, ME . Natalie will be receiving signed copy of the available 62 page coffee table Photo Book containing over 50 fine art images and narratives.
I would like to thank all those around the Nation who entered the contest. I appreciate your support and kind words of encouragement.
"Vanquished & Vanishing"
Ensnared by skeletal oaks, a heavy mist, almost ethereal in nature mercifully cloaks a vanquished old Carolina farmhouse on a cold December day .(2014)
While riding through the Carolina countryside admiring the morning fog, I stopped to pay my respects to the forsaken ruins of the old Waylon Bass farmhouse in Warren County, NC. The old home and it's surrounding pack houses as well as other agrarian artifacts now sit as a memorial to one man's hard work and perseverance while making a living with calloused hands in the rural south.
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