When I was young, I remember sitting in the back seat of my parents car, nose glued to the window, looking out at the big blue of the Dead Sea. Back then the sea reached the road, and it seemed that if I stretched out my hand, I could touch its salty waters. Today, driving down the same road, the water line receded many miles, replaced with barren land and sinkholes, sprinkled with many warning signs forbidding access to the sea.
The Dead Sea is a no man’s land. Aside from a few safe beaches, most areas are restricted to access due to the danger of sinkholes. As a result of years of neglect by Israeli and Jordanian governments, the destruction is rapidly progressing and is evident everywhere. Environmentalists now claim that the Dead Sea is "dying" as the water that used to feed it is diverted for industry and agriculture. If things continue as they are, in less than 50 years, the Dead Sea as we know it will be gone for good.
Once upon a sea is a contemporary portrait of the Dead Sea, documenting those who frequent it and it’s massive destruction, while admiring the new beauty of the land, revealed beneath the ruins.