An Empty Looking Building in the Heart of Downtown Williams, 2014
Sometime in the mid 1970’s, I recall seeing a body of work by a photographer of the Sacramento Delta area. The work inspired me to start my own work on another part of the Sacramento Valley. I started my work in the mid 1980’s, and shelved the project after a couple of trips to the region. I have dozens of scanned negatives, and perhaps I will become inspired to complete the work.
I took this photograph while I was returning from Joshua Tree National Park. I had photographed in Williams twenty years ago, and I figured that there were still photographic opportunities there. I think I was correct.
I do not know anything about this structure other than the clues from the signage. I suspect it is condemned, but as to its fate, I can only speculate.
About Thomas Bethune
THOMAS ALLEN BETHUNE
I have been interested in photography for most of my life. I started taking photographs with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera when I was eight years old. My early subjects were trains and engineered structures as well as landscapes and family portraits. My interests and vision have matured, but the subjects that catch my eye continue to be of the same genre as my earliest visions.
A neighbor man had a darkroom, and he showed me the basics of camera operation and darkroom processing. I took courses in art and photography in high school and college. I worked as an apprentice to a commercial wedding and event photographer, and I was in charge of a recreational dark room while I was in the military. As an adult, I earned a bachelor’s degree in photography from Humboldt State University. My experience with film formats included 35mm, 2 ¼”, and 4”x 5”. I exhibited at galleries near my home in Arcata California, and in Santa Fe New Mexico.
All my current work is digital. I am scanning many of my legacy negatives and slides. I sometimes process and print the scanned negatives. I often post them on my blog. I process all of my prints with archival media.
An award winning fine art photographer living in a redwood forest.
Director, Redwood Art Association, Eureka CA
Co-curator, F Street Foto Gallery, Eureka CA