Week 48.2 The Salton Sea

So, after a week in meetings, it was time to hit the road once more. A friend and I had decided to visit Joshua Tree national park, and on Friday morning I was idly looking at google maps and saw that the Salton Sea was not so far from Joshua Tree … so why not go there? Sitting in the car on Friday afternoon, I put Salton Sea into google maps and I saw we would arrive at …. 16:30, which is sunset, right? But we left anyway. We arrived just at sunset! I rushed out of the car to take pictures in the last few rays of sunshine.


At sunset. Looks nice, right?

Unfortunately, as you approach the lake you see the shorefront is full of dead fish. It is like the last scene in Cormac McCarthy’s “the Road”:


Too much salt…

Reading on the internet, the story is that at the beginning of the 20th century, there was a big storm and the Salton Sea was created after a couple of dikes burst, filling the dry lake bed with snowmelt and periodically waters from the Colorado river. Property speculators rushed to construct houses and holiday homes. But alas, the water level started to drop, the water turned salty, the fish died, the towns were abandoned. A few 52rollers have been in this part of the world before, and it seems there is a lot of stuff to photograph around the lake, abandoned towns and artist colonies. But alas, we only had around ten minutes of light.

And then it was time to leave…


Leaving the Salton Sea

That’s it for this time. Next: Joshua Tree.
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Technical. Photographs were taken with a Leica M6, a Summicron f2.0/50mm and a Voigtlander 28mm/f3.5. Film: Kodak Tri-X 400 developed in HC110 B for around 6mins.

6 thoughts on “Week 48.2 The Salton Sea

  1. Glad you were able to at least see it and experience the sadness. Next time you will need to go in the daytime and see all the old abandoned resorts as well as a lot of other interesting stuff. I love your analogy to The Road. One of my all time favorite books and not bad as a movie. I have never photographed here in black and white because I’m obsessed with the blueness of the desert sky but next time I think I’ll try some black and white. Nice work.

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    • Thanks a lot ! Yes, I wish we had had more time. But I think it was worth the long detour. Yes, The Road is indeed a fantastic book. After we saw the film version in the cinema here in Paris (which is pretty faithful to the book) we almost felt embarrassed to eat out afterwards…

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