Bernie has been a gold prospector for the past 25 years. He lives in his caravan parked on the East Fork of the San Gabriel River, in California. He says that since the economic crisis more people have come to the river looking for gold.
Kevin Brown is one such visitor. He worked as an animator in Hollywood but became a victim of the recession, losing his job and his home. Now he prospects for gold full time.
Advances in technology have allowed the gold seekers to do what the original gold prospectors couldn’t – find gold under the river-bed.
Rob Goreham uses dredging equipment to find gold in rivers near his home. He also scuba dives to search along the bottom of the river.
Here he shows a group of other gold miners one of his biggest nuggets, found during a prospecting weekend in the desert in California.
“Recreational prospecting” has become popular in California and many people camp out on the river-banks to look for gold. Local prospecting clubs are on the rise and it has become a popular weekend activity.
A gold miners' camp on the East Fork of the San Gabriel River, southern California. Many prospectors prefer to live here since the recession.
A machine is used to sift the soil next to an old gold-mining area. Keene Engineering, a gold-mining equipment supply company, says while other businesses are in trouble because of the recession, its sales have increased.
“Anywhere gold has been found in the past, that’s where they’re going again,” explains company owner Patrick Keene.
A young gold miner shows off a medallion made from the first gold nugget he ever found – by accident. “When I found it, I knew I had gold fever." Photos and text by Nadav Neuhaus
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