“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, and invites reflection on the nature of place. Repeated attempts to channel waterways, develop agriculture, and create resorts beside this accidental “sea” have left scars on the surrounding communities. The Sea itself is almost dead as it evaporates and becomes increasingly noxious; most people there struggle to survive.
The Salton Sea seems almost frozen in time, entrenched in both hope and despair. In photographing traces of the everyday in the vicinity of this toxic, abandoned lake I draw a connection between history and this place where decay and survival coexist. Sparseness, the desert’s horizon, open terrain, and the distant mountains define this world and pull me in. My project, which is personal, subjective, and documentary in character, focuses on this seemingly marginalized and neglected American “Western Frontier” and the vestiges of its inhabitants. The photographs are more about the people - and their absence - than about the land.