June 13, 2012

Ione: Unfinished Business


Unlike Berlin in Nevada or Bodie in California (both of which are on my must shoot list), Ione is not a State Park. It is not a destination ghost town monitored and maintained by the State. Ione is more of a drive-through ghost town. “No Trespassing” signs were clearly displayed on most of the ghost buildings lining the street. It was pretty clear that these old buildings were sitting on the property of the (very few) remaining residents of Ione.

I am generally respectful of “No Trespassing” signs but in the rare instances where I do violate them, I convince myself I am doing it for the right reason. This is one such case. So, after shooting through the window and noticing the light pouring in from back rooms, I decided to check it out.

I grabbed two quick shots in the kitchen then went into the front room and found what you see above. As soon as I walked into the room I gasped.  I immediately knew that this is the shot that I came to Ione for.

An unfinished needlepoint in the living room of a decaying house that has been nobody’s home for over 50 years. It struck a nerve.

I’ll save the other shots from this building for another time. Tomorrow and Friday (maybe Saturday, too) I’ll bring you a few images from another of the ghost houses in Ione.

 

 

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  1. This is exactly why we do what we do, Bob. Wow. I have to admit, my friend, this picture has struck an emotional nerve with me and I don’t know exactly why. I feel a strong desire to connect with the scene, and in turn I try to connect with the people who lived here before and left this unfinished project behind. I stand here and applaud you for finding, capturing and sharing this truly epic photograph. You are such a huge inspiration for me.