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The Salton Sea
“A mistake. That’s what the Salton Sea is to most Californians. An early 20th century dam that held back the Colorado River failed in 1904 and the ensuing flood created the current sea, filling an ancient dry lake bed near the Mexican border in the southeastern corner of California. At 234 feet below sea level, it reaches twenty miles across and and thirty miles long. From a distance, it is a beautiful sight. My experience of the Sea has been personally overwhelming. I’ve been making visits to the Sea for the last ten years now. I see it as an area of great distress but also great beauty and life that is worth the effort and expense of preservation. With these photographs I hope to convey some of that wonder and reverence I feel for both the majesty and melancholy of this unique corner of the desert, and to reaffirm the pressing need to restore and protect this singular and spectacular inland Sea. ~ Jody Miller
Dawn of the Cottonwoods
Boat Launch, Bombay Beach
Day at the Beach, Bombay Beach
End of the day at the Edge of Nowhere
North Shore at Dusk
Sunken Trailer, Bombay Beach
Trees in the Sand
Trouble this Way Comes
Cabanas #16, 15, 14, Salton Sea Beach
Aces and Spades Club
Abandoned Boat Launch
Burnt Palms, Salton Sea Beach
Hope Has Left
Sans Souci, Desert Shores
I have been a photographer for most of my life. My first camera was put into my hands at the age of 9, but my real passion for making photographic images developed in my late teens and and has driven my creative work ever since. I was fortunate enough to participate in the Ansel Adams workshop in Carmel, California in 1982, the last year Ansel was able to teach at the workshop before his death in April, 1984. Ansel and Arthur Ollman, Olivia Parker, John Sexton, Don Worth, Chris Rainier and Roy de Carava changed my life with their generosity of spirit and good humor. I then studied privately for the next two years with Arthur Ollman, who has been my mentor and muse in all the years since then. The experience of serious study with some of the great photographers of our time gave me the desire to push myself to produce better and better work with every passing year.
As an animator and video compositor by trade for the television industry in Hollywood, my profession melds beautifully with my favorite pastime. I love the landscapes that present themselves to me and I try to present the idealized view that I see in my “mind’s eye”. Many of the images are color corrected in Photoshop, though there are no content fabrications.
This body of work is one that has been evolving for over 30 years and has finally come to fruition in this portfolio of images I present to you now. It is still growing and changing; there will be future additions and deletions as my portfolio matures. I hope you enjoy viewing my images as much as I have enjoyed making them.