Gallery - Something Old
Ghost Towns & Ruins
Old Washoe Club Virginia City, Nevada This haunted spiral staircase was built in the 1870s and is located in the historic Old Washoe Club. I had to photograph it very carefully to retain its beauty and its scale.I wanted to capture an image that took you back in time. It's been said that people have seen the ghost of a woman at this location. Nikon D800 16mm | ISO 100 | f/16 | 10 sec.
Bodie, California Only one prisoner has ever been known to escape from this jail in the ghost town of Bodie, California. The town peaked in the 1880s as a gold mining town. It was known as being lawless and immoral. One young girl after finding out her family was moving to Bodie, wrote in her diary "Goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie". You cannot enter the buildings in Bodie and I had to take this photo from the outside looking through the bars. Olympus E-P1 17mm | ISO 100 | f/16 | 6 sec.
Near Virginia City, Nevada Constructed in 1920, these are the strangely beautiful skeletal remains of the Comstock Merger Mines cyanide mill. Now layered in graffiti, this abandoned silver ore processing plant closed in 1926. It is located in an isolated area near Virginia City and is haunting during the day. You would not want to be there at night. The buildings are crumbling and one wrong step could send you plummeting several stories under ground. Nikon D800 28mm | ISO 100 | f/16 | 1/2 Sec.
Some people have difficulty seeing beauty in something old and dilapidated. Not me. I suppose that I am fascinated by entropy. I am inspired by how nature changes things over time as it reclaims them. How something that once was new becomes old. Everybody who knows me understands why I was so amazed by this broken and crumbling section of this bridge that connected Big Pine to Bahia Honda. Nikon D800 ISO 125 | 100mm | f/13 | 1/125 sec.
American Flats Cyanide Pits Near Virginia City, NV
Now that this site is closed and demolition has begun, I'm appreciating these photographs even more. I framed this photograph using the natural landscape of the high desert. You can see how the main building has collapsed. Although this location made for stunning photography, it was very dangerous to be there. Nevertheless, its demolition is a great historic loss and it will be missed. You never miss things more than when they are gone. Nikon D800 46mm | ISO 100 | f6.7 | 1/180 sec.
Sierra Lakes, California 35mm | ISO 100 | f/5.3 | 1/30 sec.
Maine 35mm | ISO 100 | f/5.6 | 1/125 sec.