“I had scheduled a trip to the Salton Sea with the intention of doing research for my thesis. When I arrived at my destination, the inspiration was far more abundant than I had ever anticipated. As I explored tortured landscapes I couldn’t help but think to be careful of what I wish for, I may find it.” - Journal entry, July 11, 2010
I had traveled to the Salton Sea, Mono Lake and Bodie in order to document places that are rapidly changing. These decomposing landscapes are scarred with the evidence of their histories. 30 miles apart, Mono Lake and Bodie are experiencing a new life after their last decline. Mono Lake, suffering from water diversion into Los Angeles, has become a restored salt lake recognized for its unique ecosystem. Bodie, the once booming and now dead gold rush community, has been converted into a national park. The Salton Sea, intended as a resort location, has since become inhospitable as a result of agricultural runoff and high salinity levels. Dehydration in the landscape enables dust storms and fire threats. These circumstances reveal a dialogue between civilization and nature. I have used visual journalism as a device to research and document real places firsthand. My work is derived from my own photography, journal entries, and memory.