JODIE HULDEN – San Diego, California

Left Behind
These photographs were taken in Bodie, California, an abandoned gold rush mining town. As the mining opportunities evaporated over the decades, the inhabitants had to forsake their lives there and leave behind many of their belongings and their dreams. While the photographs are intimate tableaus of everyday existence, they also tell an incomplete tale and are a forlorn testimony to the vagaries of life. They also speak to the strength of the human spirit in times of hardship and loss, of humanity’s ability to continue on amidst the uncertainties of living and to forge ahead with new dreams.