In 1942, the United States government forcibly relocated more than 110,000 men, women, and children to remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where Japanese American citizens were interned during World War II.
Not much is left of Manzanar today, a handfull of buildings and a small marker, but it continues to be as much a draw today for photographers and visitors as when Ansel Adams shot here. What many people don’t realize is it’s only a few hours down Highway 395 from Yosemite and makes a great and very historic day trip.
Jennifer Franklin took a trip down and came back with this very beautiful black and white photo of the monument with Mount Williamson in the background. Jennifer originally took this photo in color and has been digitally editing it to trying to get a black and white she’s happy with. I think this one is quite alright. I also really like the composition of the image.
Very nicely done, Jennifer.
If you’d like to visit Manzanar on your next trip to Yosemite you can find direction here on the Manzanar National Historic Site webpage. Just use the San Francisco, CA to Manzanar NHS – through Yosemite National Park directions.
Photo by Jennifer Franklin.