In 1870, Bodie was one of the largest communities in California, with a population comparable to that of Los Angeles of that time. The possibility of striking rich drew people to this lawless gold-mining camp despite an uncertain and often precarious lifestyle. Only a few decades later, opportunities evaporated, and its denizens hastily abandoned the site, their belongings, and their dreams.

Since Bodie’s 1962 rebirth into a Historic State Park, resident rangers have been tasked with preserving the ghost town in a state of “arrested decay”, turning an inherently temporary mining camp into a permanent relic of American history.

Reflecting on Impermanence uses window reflections captured in-camera from Bodie’s frail surviving buildings. The reflections are used as metaphore for reflecting on the paradox and the irony of impermanence frozen in time.

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