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wanderlust. Salton City, California.

Ilford FP4
selenium toned silver gelatin print

Salton City, California is one of the most interesting "ghost towns" Sarah and I visited on our road trip around the American West. The city was originally planned to be a thriving resort community on the coast on the inland Salton Sea. Construction began in 1958, but little development was achieved due to the rural location and lack of local employment opportunities. In the 1970s, the sea level rose leading to the abandonment of buildings closes to the shoreline. The community became relatively non-existent after water was diverted from the Salton Sea. The water levels continued to drop, contributing to a rise in salinity and pollution levels. The shoreline is littered with the carcasses and skeletons of fish unable to survive in the remains of Salton Sea.

Today, there is a small community of residents that call Salton City home. Their homes dot an empty grid structure of streets along the desert floor. According to one resident we spoke to, Salton City isn't as bad as it looks. For people looking for cheap land and isolation, it is perfect.

Photographed using a Graflex Crown Graphic 4x5 camera and Kodak Ektar 127mm f/4.5 lens with red #24 filtration. Image printed on Kentmere fiber-based paper.

Accolades:
  • 2019 Exhibitor, Wanderlust. Analog Forever Magazine, online. Juror: Alan Ross.
wanderlust. Salton City, California.

wanderlust. Salton City, California.

Ilford FP4
selenium toned silver gelatin print

Salton City, California is one of the most interesting "ghost towns" Sarah and I visited on our road trip around the American West. The city was originally planned to be a thriving resort community on the coast on the inland Salton Sea. Construction began in 1958, but little development was achieved due to the rural location and lack of local employment opportunities. In the 1970s, the sea level rose leading to the abandonment of buildings closes to the shoreline. The community became relatively non-existent after water was diverted from the Salton Sea. The water levels continued to drop, contributing to a rise in salinity and pollution levels. The shoreline is littered with the carcasses and skeletons of fish unable to survive in the remains of Salton Sea.

Today, there is a small community of residents that call Salton City home. Their homes dot an empty grid structure of streets along the desert floor. According to one resident we spoke to, Salton City isn't as bad as it looks. For people looking for cheap land and isolation, it is perfect.

Photographed using a Graflex Crown Graphic 4x5 camera and Kodak Ektar 127mm f/4.5 lens with red #24 filtration. Image printed on Kentmere fiber-based paper.

Accolades:
  • 2019 Exhibitor, Wanderlust. Analog Forever Magazine, online. Juror: Alan Ross.