“Siren Song" is a body of work centred on the desert landscape of California's Salton Sea, a region that bears witness to human intention, intervention, failure, and tenacity; a place where life barely whispers. My project is more about the people – and their absence – than about the land. It is both personal and documentary in character and focuses on a marginalized and neglected "Western Frontier" and the vestiges of its inhabitants.
This accidental and artificial “sea” is the result of repeated attempts to channel waterways, develop agriculture, and create resorts, all of which have left scars on the surrounding localities. The Sea, California's largest lake, is quickly evaporating and the area is becoming increasingly noxious. Most communities there struggle to survive.
The Salton Sea seems almost frozen in time: silent, empty, and banal. Sparseness, the desert’s horizon, open terrain, and the distant mountains define this world and pull me in. By photographing traces of the everyday I capture a sense of hope and despair and draw a connection between history and environment, people and landscape.