Bodie State Historic Park – Bridgeport, California

Exploring the desert area of south eastern California has always been high on my travel wish list, with Bodie State Historic Park at the top of the places that I wanted to visit there.

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Abandoned cabin
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridgeport, California
Ilford Pan F Plus 50 film
Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM lens
Leica M3 35mm film camera


Abandoned cabin — Arco, Idaho

Anytime we go on a road trip, I always bring along with us a camera kit of some sort and my watercolor field kit. However, we usually have so much ground to cover during our headlong flight along the spiderweb of asphalt that we are rarely able to stop long enough for me to get in a plein air watercolor painting — which usually can take me anywhere from 30-to-60 minutes or so (longer if I take the time to really enjoy my surroundings). Instead, we can briefly pause long enough for me to take photos of a scene to use as a later reference for a studio painting, like this one — a tiny abandoned cabin, out in the middle of nowhere

Can you imagine living in this tiny place that’s so isolated? As a profound anti-social introvert, I certainly can, though I expect life was quite tough here when the cabin was occupied — the closest town was at least 20-miles away, the ground is all basalt (hardened lava), it’s high desert (almost a mile above sea level), not much in the way of water or game, no trees for as far as the eye can see, and not much grows here beyond desert scrub (i.e., little in the way of farm crops).

Like I said, life was tough… maybe that’s why the cabin is abandoned.

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Abandoned cabin
Arco, Idaho
September 2014
Kodak TMAX 100 film
Voigtländer 15/4.5 ASPH lens
Leica M3 35mm film camera