A lot goes into accommodating over the 200,000 that attend the event.
It’s that Grand Prix time of year again here in Long Beach California when the scenic (and green) Marina Green, Rainbow Lagoon and Shoreline Drive go undercover and begin their impersonation of a racetrack for the next few months. Up go grandstands, camera platforms, control towers, temporary bridges and innumerable concrete barriers and crash proof fences. The transformation by race day really is amazing.
Seats with a view opposite the iconic International Tower.
But right now we are at the beginning of the process when the bare and anonymous structures appear out of nowhere and grow by the day. This is my favorite time – before all the sponsorship and advertising is plastered over every possible surface are and the anticipation of what is to come hangs in the air.
I continue to be fascinated by this ritual and every year at this time I wander around the area near my home trying to capture it all.
A (really) long time ago in college I read the book Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water,by Marc Resiner. It struck a chord and has since really influenced how I view Southern California (which I love and have lived in for the last 20 years). I can trace back my fascination with the local deserts to this fascinating book.
My Armagosa, and to a some degree the At Fault, projects can find some of their roots in Cadillac Desert, the continued relevancy of which can now be beyond anyone’s doubt given the extreme drought that California is now facing.
A new project evolved from the others and has taken on a life of it’s own. Oases are scattered around the deserts of California. These fragile sources of water in otherwise barren lands provide sustain life where it could not otherwise exist. The continued drought and the resulting increasing draining of the delicate natural aquifers to support cities, agriculture and industries puts these jewels of the American desert, and the life they support, in danger.
California is full of palm trees, but a few like those 5 Palms Oasis in Anza Borrego are way more significant that the thousands that line the streets of Beverly Hills.
Anza Borrego State Park does not get the attention of the National Parks like Joshua Tree and Death Valley that are relatively close by, and that’s just fine.
It’s only 20% smaller than Joshua Tree and it is easy to lose yourself out there, not only because there are fewer people visiting but also because of the primitive road network that puts even the most remote parts of the vast park within reach.
I have not experienced the pure silence I found in the Carrizo Badlands yesterday for a very, very long time. Not even out in Utah and or New Mexico. There were has always been something like the drone of a plane overhead at the very least to remind me what a crowded planet we live on.
But yesterday there was nothing, just nothing.
I put down my camera and just let it wash over me.
It was glorious.
Silence on my iPhone, more images soon.
I came across this sign yesterday while working on my “At Fault” series about the San Andreas Fault. The sign sits directly on the fault itself. Hopefully it will not be the year of the Big One. “Hope springs eternal” as they say, so …. Happy New Year!!
May 2014 bring a happier more peaceful planet for us all.
Last night was the opening reception for the Port of Long Beach Photo Gallery. It was a fun a even the great images of many local photographers being shown. My photograph “Feeding Ruby” placed third.
The whole event was a real pleasure to be a part of. Thanks so much to all the folks at the Port of Long Beach and the Long Beach Arts Council who worked so hard on creating this event. I am sure it can’t have been easy to convince the Port authorities to let a bunch of photographers run amok on a boat in the harbor at night.
A few new images for my “At Fault” project looking at the different facets of the San Andreas Fault in Southern California.
I came across Little Rock Dam on my way back from the Devil’s Punchbowl, near Palmdale. It also lies virtually on top of the fault which made it interesting enough as it was. However I found out it is actually on the National Register of Historic Places.
It was built in 1924 and was the worlds tallest multiple arch reinforced concrete dam in the world at the time. Who knew? When it was reinforced in 1994 the original design was buried but I did find one photo of it with those arches…pity.
I can’t say just how much fun the photo shoot was and now I’m looking forward to seeing the fruits of our labour! Many thanks to all at the Port of Long Beach who made this happen.
I just put up a few more images from the Port of Long Beach on the website. It’s a quite a departure for me display color work. Check them out at Night Port. I’m still working on a few more which should be up next week.