Bodie, CA, 1971


My photography career began in the mid-60s, and, in the years following, I put a lot of 2 1/4 sq. film through my Rollie TLR and Hasselblad SLR cameras. I had been tutored by some master black and white photographers, who were instructors at the student union darkroom at UC-Berkeley. Eventually, I turned to shooting 35 mm slides . But, I think I did a lot of very good black and white work, before I switched. I’m also especially pleased that I shot medium format film, which delivers very crisp images (look at these photos full-screen to appreciate that element).

During the summer of 1971 I worked as an instructor with the short-lived California Outward Bound School, which was headquartered at the then moth-balled Marine base at Pickel Meadows, on the Sonora Pass highway, near Bridgeport. Here are 12 photos that I took at the ghost town of Bodie, in the hills to the east of the Sierras, in 1971.

 

BldgCafe3

Hotel

Boarded-up doorway with pants

Boarded-up doorway with pants

Boarded-up window

Boarded-up window

Church window

Church window

Church pew #2

Church pew #1

Church pew #1

Church pew #2

Window

Window

Door and windows

Door and windows

Wood siding

Wood siding

Doors

Doors

Metal siding

Metal siding

Outhouse at sunset

Outhouse at sunset

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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