Jerome, Arizona has an interesting history dating back to the 19th century when the area was known for not only its copper mining but also the bawdiness of character of its citizens. At one time, it was rumored that there were more ladies of the night in Jerome than citizens and the area was certainly known for its pubs and bars.
In its heyday, the population of Jerome numbered well into 10,000 people, however in the 1950’s, the town’s population dwindled to less than 100. The town became a haven for the downtrodden, down-on-their-luck, and assorted hippies who took over buildings and made a life for themselves.
Today the town is a tourist destination offering unique hotels, galleries, shops, and restaurants. There are even ghost tours taking visitors to locales where former citizens perished
I decided to base my Jerome photography approach using black and white imagery because it suited the mood of the historic site better than four color imagery, and I felt colors would be a distraction to the artistry of my photomontage technique.