Abandonment Issues

In 2013, I was selected to create an exhibition for Maturango Museum. I had been working on a photography project of 7 desert mining locations that were now mostly abandoned. Below is the opening artist statement for the show and for the book that I created for the exhibit which was first self-published and then published by the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert.

 Imagine that your life as you know it is coming to an end. 
 Not your mortal life but your home, your job, your world.

 And then imagine that everyone else in your community is in the same boat. You have limited space, maybe even jus a small truck or a horse-drawn carriage, and all you can take with you is what you can fit in it.

Imagine that your life as you know it is coming to an end. 
Not your mortal life but your home, your job, your world.

And then imagine that everyone else in your community is in the same boat. You have limited space, maybe even jus a small truck or a horse-drawn carriage, and all you can take with you is what you can fit in it.

Imagine that the day has come when it’s time to leave. You rise from your bed, that will be left behind. You have coffee and toast for breakfast, no need to do the dishes, they are left behind. You lock the door behind you and you drive away in search of a better life.

This series of photos is about abandoned places in California on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Many of them were mining towns that began during the Gold Rush in the late 1800s.
This book is dedicated to all the people who have ever had to leave their past behind.

Bodie, CA

Dun Movin

Darwin

Death Valley Junction

Burro Schmidt & Bickel Camp

The Rand District

Including Randsburg, Johannesburg, Dogpatch, Red Mountain

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