"ILLUSIONS" VIRGINIA CITY, NEVADA
Virginia City Nevada is rather surreal. It is very much a mix of fact and fantasy. It is unlike any other place I have been.
This is the home of the mighty Comstock Mine . At one time there were thousands of workers bustling everywhere. Even Mark Twain lived and worked there back in 1863. Now the miners are gone but you can still sense their presence when you step into the saloons. Walk the worn boardwalks, smell the old wooden buildings and glimpse an old timer's ghost at the end of the bar. Tourists have replaced the mine workers. Virginia City would not still exist without them.
I like to visit this old town every once in a while to get that feeling of the old days when living was simpler. It's a comfortable place like an old pair of jeans. And nearby, there is an old cemetery for the people who lived hard and died young.
These photographs allow the viewer to look into the shop windows at just the right angle. When you gaze into the reflection of the buildings, they are an illusion of past and present.
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