Poway occupant, craftsmanship instructor, wayfarer and picture taker Jessica Johnson visited the Rancho Santa Fe Library on Jan. 25 to show pictures highlighted in their book, “Abandoned San Diego.” The book is an assortment of photos of structures and areas in San Diego that have been, as the title infers, relinquished or in any case fallen into dilapidation.
“(Abandoned locations) have an old history to them, but they have stories; it’s just their story is now in the past,” Johnson said. “But I love trying to piece together the old story of these places: who used to live there, who were those people, what did they do and kind of give it a new life.”
A few areas highlighted in their slideshow incorporated the Hubbard mine, Eagle and High Peak mine, Old Highway 80, the Dyar House, the San Luis Rey Pioneer Cemetery and the California Theater. Johnson has discovered areas to photo through a mix of instinct, inquire about and outside tips. An ongoing most loved area she shot was Rum Runner’s Cave, a passage utilized for liquor pirating during disallowance.
While Johnson flaunted their photography, they likewise recounted tales about episodes that happened while they and their companions investigated a portion of the introduced areas, for example, when their companion upset an apiary and Johnson found that by acting tranquilly, the honey bees wouldn’t sting them. Or on the other hand when they and a companion were charged by a pit bull, which its proprietor got back to before it could assault them.
Johnson has been taking photographs of such areas in San Diego for the majority of 10 years. They has been presenting these photographs on their site, hiddensandiego.net, which thwey established with the underlying objective of urging individuals to experience outside and oversees together with their sibling.
The occasion was a piece of the Rancho Santa Fe Library’s Author Talks arrangement, which highlights creators talking about their work. This occasion drew around two dozen or so participants, who sat and listened mindfully as Johnson read off arranged contents with respect to the individual accounts of the areas she has taken pictures of. Johnson’s dad was additionally in participation, radiating at her with satisfaction.
Johnson got a People in Preservation grant from the Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO) for their work Aug. 17, 2019. “My goal is to just be self-sufficient and comfortable living off this and to make as big of an impact as I can positively, for the environment and for people in mental health,” they said. “The more people’s lives that I can touch and knowing that I pulled them out of some negativity, any animal or local preserve that I’ve helped protect, then I know that I’ve done the right thing.”
“I hope that everyone goes out and explores our city, because there’s so much cool stuff to see,” Johnson said.
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