Colin Rich created an excellent time-lapse video of the gold-mining ghost town of Bodie, California, titled Town of Ghosts.

The remnants of the town are now part of Bodie State Historic Park where visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people. The town is being preserved in a state of ‟arrested decay,” interiors remain as they were left. 

Colin Rich wrote about his visit to Bodie:

Walking the grounds, particularly the cemetery, I was overcome with a sense of foreboding and the gentle but incessant march of time continuing on. The once important lives buried under a wood tombstone were all but forgotten and those now nameless people who were loved or loved others, brothers, fathers, sisters and mothers, almost never existed unless you look at the uneven ground at a certain angle in the perfect light.

We spent a week shooting with access to some of the interiors of the buildings, and the ability to shoot at night. Because it is located in the Sierra Neveda and its unique geography and high elevation, the weather was quite extreme and could change in a matter of minutes; most nights were very cold and the temperature often sat in the low teens.

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