Cain House and Methodist Church

Accession Number

Cain House and Methodist Church

George A. Tice

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1965; printed 1971

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

14 1/8 in x 11 in (35.88 cm x 27.94 cm);19 5/16 in x 14 5/16 in (49.05 cm x 36.35 cm);4 1/2 in x 6 7/16 in (11.43 cm x 16.35 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the Marvin Felheim Collection

Subject matter
The eleventh print in a portfolio of twelve photographs that document the former gold town of Bodie, California, this image depicts a row of wooden buildings set against a dramatic, cloud-studded sky. Tice has divided the composition into three distinct fields: in the foreground, grass and the detritus of a wooden fence—in a state of construction or decomposition, it is difficult to tell—communicates the rustic environment of the town. At middle ground, the photographer has positioned the row of houses, shot from an oblique angle that throws the buildings into deep shadow, drawing attention to their A-line rooves and simple, geometric forms. Finally, the upper third of the picture consists of the sky with clouds that appear to be swiftly streaking by. Tice captures the temporal tension between the brisk sensation of movement in the sky and the solid, seemingly permanent houses below, although the knowledge that the town of Bodie has been abandoned suggests both aspects of the image offer a reflection on the passage of time.

Physical Description
A photograph of three wooden buildings in a rural landscape.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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buildings (structures)
ghost towns
gold towns
log houses
modern and contemporary art
parish churches (buildings)
rural communities

6 Related Resources

Architecture in photography 1949-1989
(Part of 6 Learning Collections)
Christian Churches
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Religion in the Americas
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Religious Buildings
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

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