Following up on wonderful 2016 and 2017 photo workshops, I’m once again sharing intimate corners of a place close to my heart, the historic Gold Rush town of Coloma. I grew up here, and a few years ago I published a book of vintage photos of the town. Over the years I’ve taken more than 13,000 of my own photos of this lovely place. During this day-long workshop, we’ll get the keys to many of Coloma’s most important buildingsā€”most of these usually inaccessible to the general public (although some are open occasionally for special occasions). Possibilities include the St. John’s Catholic Church (actually, a tiny chapel), the James Marshall cabin, the Thomas House, schoolhouse, Papini House, blacksmith shop and Wah Hop Chinese Store. There may be more; I’m working on this. Some of the buildings abound with relics, much like Bodie (where I’ve been leading workshops for years) but minus the heavy dust. We’ll include lunch in this fun day. It now looks like my favorite Gold Rush model, Rodney, will be joining us for about an hour of portrait photography. Rodney has modeled often for me over the years, and the results have been award winning photos for workshop participants.

We’ll start at 10 a.m. at the parking lot just down the hill from St. Johns Church/Marshall Cabin and go from there, probably making the short walk to St. Johns and Marshall Cabin. I expect to finish about 5 p.m.

This is a fundraiser for the Gold Discovery Park Association.