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.