Picher Oklahoma – Birth of a Ghost Town
Tips for the Photographer
|Equipment:||You can photograph in Picher with just about any type of equipment.|
|What to Photograph:||The huge Chat piles surrounding Picher, remnants of damge from the 2008 tornado, and the abandoned building of downtown .|
|Photography Tips:||Use caution, the vicinity has been determined to be toxic by the EPA. Buildings that are standing or partially standing are dangerous. Remember this is private property just as any other town, and there are still people living here.|
Walking around in Picher taking photos is a kind of eerie experience. I have photographed “Ghost Towns” before, but these are places that have been empty for many years. Picher has many signs of people living there recently, some of the houses and buildings are in very good shape and a few are actually still being lived in. For the most part however the town is deserted much as you would see in a science fiction movie, where all the people suddenly disappeared from a town. Then there are the ever present “Chat” piles surrounding the town that almost look like the terrain from another planet. Barren and mangled trees all that is left in some areas after the tornado destroyed much of the town in 2008.