Several of these images were made as a result of a project I undertook to document California Highway 49, The Gold Trail. I was intrigued by the amazing diversity and beauty in my travels on this road and especially by its historical significance in California's history, evidenced by some of the remaining architecture.
Although this portfolio includes some images made in Oregon and northern California the following artist statement I made for an exhibition captures my feeling for the subject.
These photographs reveal a very small part of the short history of California. They are vestiges of the dreams of a few men and women who braved uncertainty, danger and the elements to forge a new life in a promising land.
The images depict remnants from the Gold Rush of 1849 to the silver mines of Bodie to the mineral wealth of Death Valley. They are reminders of the humble beginnings of this fascinating state.