Trip to Bodie Ghost Town - part 1

I just got back from a trip to Bodie Ghost Town. Bodie is a decayed gold mining town from the late 1800's in the Bodie Hills east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California. I already had been there once, in 2011, as part of the Mono Lake Night Photography Festival that was organized by Lance Keimig, Scott Martin, and Tim Baskerville. I loved it and wanted to continue working on the square black&white series I started two years ago. This year Lance and Scott had arranged shooting at the ghost town all three nights of the workshop.

Getting there from Boston area alone is a trip in itself. I flew out to Reno and then drove three hours south to a small town east of Yosemite National Park called Lee Vining. We were staying at Murphey's Motel, a somewhat central location to all nearby attractions I got to see, including Mono Lake, Bodie Ghost Town, and Dechambeau Ranch. Lee Vining is just a few miles from Tioga Pass so anyone driving through Yosemite should stop at Mobil gas station's restaurant Whoa Nellie Deli. The world-famous fish tacos are worth the trip. 

Once in Lee Vining, I got settled, met up with other friends and since the workshop was going to start only the day after, we had a night to explore the area. We headed out to Mono Lake's South Tufa. The area surrounding South Tufa is quite surreal. A vast space covered in sagebrush, with only a path or two built out for many tourists visiting the lake. 

I made a few moonlit long exposures that night, and once again was reminded how much I enjoy night photography. Being outdoors, quiet, nowhere to rush.


For more images and stories, check out Trip to Bodie Ghost Town - part 2 part 3and part 4.