On view at Vancouver Special until the end of July is my documentary photography series of Salton Sea in California. Salton Sea, explores the remnants of a now defunct resort towns in the Imperial Valley near Palm Springs. Following the accidental creation of an inland sea from an agricultural dam release in 1905, the Salton Sea became a tourist destination in the 1950's and 60's and was frequented by Hollywood celebrities such as Desi Arnaz and Frank Sinatra. However, the heyday of mid-century modern homes and yacht clubs was fleeting. Due to its position as the lowest elevation in the region, the water became inundated with toxic agricultural runoff and high levels of salinity, which in turn caused thousands of birds and fish to die. As quickly as the resort materialized, it vanished, leaving behind ghost towns of abandoned structures and signage.
24 x 36” unframed: $2450.00 (edition of 12)
16 x 20” unframed: $165.00 (edition of 20)
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Krista Jahnke lives and works in Vancouver, BC and likes to ask