PHOTO  ESSAY

You will find Bodie in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. It is the ghost town of a gold-mining community that started from nothing in 1876 and burned to the ground in 1932. It became a State Historic Park in 1962. The buildings were preserved in their aged and weathered 1880s appearance instead of being restored. The grounds are covered in broken glass, metal scraps, rusted food cans and car carcasses. It is a beautiful and haunting place, an exhilarating experience for a photographer and a delight for the Old West enthusiast. Luckily, I am both. This portfolio speaks of my own connection to the past, the dead, the abandoned, and the desolate. I wanted to create atmospheric and emotional images translating how Bodie made me feel.

“When nothing else subsists from the past, after the people are dead, after the things are broken

and scattered...the smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls...

bearing resiliently, on tiny and almost impalpable drops of their essence, the immense edifice of memory”
 

- (Marcel Proust)

© Nathalie Strand, 2017-2020