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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"GOD Made a Farmer"
Shaded by a grove of Carolina pines, vaulted windows of a little country church provide a divine backdrop for an old rusty tractor resting on a pillow of pine straw.
Photographer's Note - Mother Nature is doing her best to paint the old tractor her own shade of green with a veneer of algae. I also thought that the far right church window reminded me of a farmer sitting ...tall and proud in the saddle of this old tractor once again. The title for the photo was of course borrowed from Paul Harvey's famous 1978 Future Farmers of America convention speech.
For those not familiar with Mr. Harvey's 1978 speech -- The author is unknown, however, USA Today reports that this Paul Harvey monologue was originally given to the Future Farmers of America (now FFA) convention in 1978. Harvey, who died in 2009, was a longtime radio favorite in the Midwest.
And on the 8th day God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker!”. So, God made a farmer!
God said I need somebody to get up before dawn and milk cows and work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board. So, God made a farmer!
I need somebody with strong arms. Strong enough to rustle a calf, yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild. Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry and have to wait for lunch until his wife is done feeding and visiting with the ladies and telling them to be sure to come back real soon…and mean it. So, God made a farmer!
God said “I need somebody that can shape an ax handle, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire make a harness out of hay wire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. And…who, at planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty hour week by Tuesday noon. Then, pain’n from “tractor back”, put in another seventy two hours. So, God made a farmer!
God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds and yet stop on mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor’s place. So, God made a farmer!
God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees, heave bails and yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink combed pullets…and who will stop his mower for an hour to mend the broken leg of a meadow lark. So, God made a farmer!
It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight…and not cut corners. Somebody to seed and weed, feed and breed…and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk. Somebody to replenish the self feeder and then finish a hard days work with a five mile drive to church. Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who’d laugh and then sigh…and then respond with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life “doing what dad does”. So, God made a farmer!
Good evening everyone, I'm pleased to announce the winner of the one year anniversary photograph contest! Mrs Paulette Ship House. Mrs House was still undecided as to which print that she would like so as soon as she makes a decision, I will post an update with the title of the photograph. Again congratulations Mrs House and thank you to each and everyone for participating in the drawing. Have a great evening! - Scott
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Tomorrow is a special day for me, November 20th, 2014 will be the one year anniversary of Scott Garlock Photography on Facebook. It's hard to believe it already been a year. I've met so many new friends that like me are hopeless romantics when it comes to old homesteads. I wasn't sure how my work would be received, however, I felt if I got a handful of likes than it would be all good.
Well, thanks to the support of each and everyone of you, I've gotten more than just a handful of likes, but more importantly I can sit down everyday and communicate with the nicest group of folks a person could ever hope to meet. As a way of saying thank you, I would like to give a little back.
Starting tonight and running through midnight tomorrow (11/20/14) folks can enter into a drawing for a free signed 11 x 14 print of their favorite photograph selected from my web site galleries. All that you have to do is go to my Scott Garlock Photography Facebook page and enter into a tonight's post your name and the title of your favorite photograph. I will then have my six year old son choose a number between one and the number of comments recieved. I will announce the winner Friday afternoon (11/21/14 ) good luck and thank for your support! ~
"Returned to Sender"
Down a red dirt lane saturated in peace and tranquility... resides an old rusty mailbox, a makeshift memorial to the life of a departed soul that much like the last letter it received has been returned to sender. (2014)
While traveling rural Warren County, NC. I decided to go off the beaten path and follow a time eroded dirt lane that meandered it's way into the woods. There, I found the remains of an old asbestos shingled exterior home in complete ruin. All that exists of this diminutive Warren County, NC dwelling was its monolithic kitchen chimney and what was left of the broken foundation but the mailbox thankfully gave that small piece of ground provenance.
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November 10th - November 16th
"A Penny For Your Thoughts"
Wood floors creak under foot as time stained curtains gently sway in a silent breeze. The afternoon sunlight hardened by the swirled imperfections of the old glass window causes an involuntarily closing of one's eyes invoking deep thought and exciting the imagination. As fingertips follow the blistered contours of a sun baked window sill, they stop short of a tarnished ...token of luck and immediately the old saying "A penny for your thoughts" comes to mind.
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Prospecting For Gold
Painted in dark shadows...autumn gold hung high, the morning sun ignites fall colors surrounding the ramshackle remains of Prospect Methodist Church in Warren County, NC. (2014)
Photographer's Notes - The abandoned Prospect Methodist Church is a favorite seasonal photo opportunity of mine. Once eclipsed by dark shadows of surrounding oaks and pines, recent logging activity has clear cut the back of the property allowing more ambient light to reach the weathered church. A prominent headstone belonging to a small family cemetery of founding members can be seen off to the right of the photograph. One headstone in particular belongs to CSA soldier William Drew Jones. His replacement marker is unique in that at the bottom of the stone it is inscribed " actual grave located 1 mile west" William Drew Jone's original homestead which is the location referenced on his replacement headstone is nothing more than a heavily wooded property with the solitary ruins of a pancaked barn. With great location references, I was able to help surviving family members locate the obscure location of his actual final resting place that was last seen over 25 years ago. After a quarter of a century of nature's relentless reclamation, I was fortunate to find the graves of William Drew Jones as well as his two wives under weathered shallow mounds of field stone back in the densely forested rural Warren County, NC countryside as stated on his headstone just 1 mile to the west of this little abandoned church.
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Keeping Ever Vigilant
Wrapped in a suffocating blanket of autumn colors, Doc Littleberry Batchlor’s old homestead keeps ever vigilant for a possible sighting of the old physician ambling down the red dirt road once more. A trip he made on more than one occasion quite possibly on his way home from making house calls in the rural Carolina Countryside. (2014)
Photographer’s Notes – The old abandoned Federal style Halifax County, NC home of Dr. Littleberry Batchlor is a favorite subject of mine. The home is a time capsule of the home’s chronological history that dates back before the Civil War. Artifacts can be found strewn about the house such as the shattered remains of an old chair dating back to late 1890’s, vintage garments dating back to the 1940’s and sporting magazines highlighting the golden age of American football in the 1960’s. Due it’s rapidly deteriorating condition, the home is best viewed from the outside and it is there that the venerable home doesn’t disappoint.
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Gilded fall colors flow slowly downstream meandering through the rural North Carolina countryside on a warm autumn day in the south. (2014)
Photographer's Notes - While traveling through rural Nash County, NC photographing old homesteads and barns, I caught the golden hues of autumn reflecting off the surface of a small creek and I just had to stop and take a photograph. Its scenes such as this that make chronicling old forgotten homes that much more rewarding.
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"Whispers From The Past" 2015 Photo Book Giveaway Drawing Contest Rules:
Good afternoon everyone, I want to take the time to give a heartfelt thank you to each and everyone who have placed an order on my new Scott Garlock Photography website for photography prints, calendars and copies of my new 2015 coffee table book. The support and interest in my work has been overwhelming and humbling to say the least.
As a way of saying thank you to everyone for making a financial investment in my work, I've decided to run the official "Whisper's From The Past" contest drawing for those that have already made a purchase or planning on making a future purchase ... the winner of which will receive a signed copy of my new 2015 coffee table book "Whispers From The Past".
The contest drawing will run from November 8th through November 30th, 2014. The drawing will end at midnight November 30, 2014. In order to qualify for the drawing, all entrants must satisfy two requirements. First, all entrants must register on my new website, which is a free. Second, all qualified entrants must make a purchase on the website between November 8th and November 30th. No minimum purchase requirements.
Those that have already placed an order are halfway to completing your contest drawing rules requirements. Just remember to create an account to become a member of the website and your officially an entrant in the "Whispers From The Past" drawing contest. I will compile a list of those that have qualified as entrants and put their names in a drawing which will take place on Saturday December 6th. The winner will be announced via my website as well as my FB page on December 6th.
The process for registering on my new website is simple, just go to www.scottgarlockphotography.com and scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and look for the login link that is to the right of the name of the page (Scott Garlock Photography). Click the link and you will be given the option to create an account (free). Choose create a new account, and complete the process. All that you have to do is fill in your name, your email address and create a password...that's it -- you're done! Make sure you add an entry comment in the guest book just letting me know you have registered.Good Luck and again thank you for your support! Have a great day! - Scott
P.S if you have any questions just PM me using Facebook or the Contact link on the web page. I will get back to you as quickly as I can.
link to "Whispers From The Past 2015"