What do mountain men, trains, and old barns have in common? Come find out in a unique photography tour of California’s Gold Rush Country April 9-12, 2015 conducted by my friends Harvey Abernathy and Gail Berreman. Both Harvey and Gail have often worked with me as facilitators for my workshops, and you may already know them.
Harvey writes, “During the mid-1800’s California saw an explosion of growth from the discovery of gold in the Sierra Mountains. Towns popped up overnight with tens of thousands of people of all cultures rushing in to claim a part of this new life, bringing with them the customs and styles of their life at the time. Come step back in time to experience and photograph the glory of the California Gold Rush from within the heart of the Gold Country in the Western Sierra Foothills. We designed this photographic tour to capture the feeling and flavor of life in the 1850’s during the height of the Gold Rush.”
As part of the workshop, special access has been arranged to Railtown 1897 State Park in Jamestown, California. Harvey notes: “Here’s an image [shown below] that I captured on the interior of one of the rail cars that we accessed at the rail yard. A number of the cars and engines at this facility have been fully restored, with some utilized for movies. Volunteer engineers and crafts people restore and maintain the equipment, which is used to provide public excursions along a line of the tracks in the foothills of this region. Many of the parts are actually made within the facility, which still houses a working blacksmith and machine shop. There are numerous types of passenger rail cars, steam engines and other rail equipment available to access for overview and close-up photography.”
This will be a small and intimate group of photographers with unparalleled access to a number of exciting and unique subjects. Whatever your area of photographic interests, you’ll find something to shoot on this tour. I know that Harvey and Gail will take good care of you. What are you waiting for?