© Stephen Tamiesie, Hotel Sign, North Shore, California, from the series The Salton Sea, 2005

© Stephen Tamiesie, Delivery Truck, Bombay Beach, California, from the series The Salton Sea, 2006

© Stephen Tamiesie, Inside Residence, Bombay Beach, California, from the series The Salton Sea, 2006


“Fifty miles south of Palm Springs in the California desert lies the Salton Sea – a man-made body of water created over 100 years ago from the flooding Colorado River. A once prominent tourist and vacation destination in the 1950’s and 60’s, the area is currently in ruin and decay. The salinity of the water is now greater than that of the Pacific Ocean and most of the area establishments have long since been boarded up. However, there are still residents living in a handful of small towns surrounding the Salton Sea and some who visit to regard the decomposition.
Upon each visit I have made to the Salton Sea, my attraction to the peculiar relationship of this region’s past and present deterioration has increased and I cannot help but feel a sense of nostalgia for the landscape when I view these images.
Stephen Tamiesie

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