The Salton Sea is California’s largest inland body of water, a vast oasis that stretches
from the Coachella Valley to the Mexican border. It’s a place of uncommon natural
beauty, a quiet sanctuary surrounded by inhospitable desert. But things are not quite
what they seem at the sea. The lake is shrinking. The fish are dying. The birds are sick.
And the once-thriving communities and tourist resorts along the shore are mostly abandoned.
These photographs attempt to capture the stark beauty of the place while also documenting
a tragic saga of environmental devastation and decline. The toned black-and-white
photographs (see link below) were originally prepared for a 2009 water exhibit at the
San Diego Museum of Natural History. I’m currently at work on an expanded series
of color photographs from the Salton Sea with the working title, “Vanishing Oasis.”