Bombay Beach

This is one of the most beautifully crafted films I’ve ever seen. If you have the chance to watch this documentary, do!

 

Here is a photograph I took whilst I was there at the Salton Sea. The Salton Sea is a shallow, saline, endorheic rift lake located directly on the San Andreas Fault, predominantly in California’s Imperial Valley. The lake is approximately 525 square miles in size and is the largest lake in California, and it is not even supposed to be there. At the turn of the last century, an engineering screw up of epic proportions diverted the Colorado River into one of the lowest, hottest land basins in the United States. Everyone assumed that the giant inland sea they had created by accident would just dry up, but when it didn’t, real estate developers tried to turn an ecological disaster into an opportunity. “A miracle in the dessert”. But it is home to a darker truth. Watch this video and you’ll see what I mean.

Searching For The One Eyed Jesus

Amazing documentary/story about the music, people, life, religion, struggles and soul of the South I just watched. Makes me desperately want to go back there.

Out Of Focus

Some pictures from the Out Of Focus exhibition that’s just ended at the Saatchi Gallery. The show was a bit all over the place I though to be honest, it didn’t seem to have anything holding it together, just a collection of photographs as opposed to a coherent exhibition, but there was some great work in there all the same.

Michael Schirner – Pictures in our Minds

I came across this work in a copy of Foam Magazine yesterday.

The photographer made a number of completely enclosed black squares, each one containing a short description of a famous photograph. By making use of a media strategy that activates our frame of reference by referring to other work, the series is a confirmation of the iconic value of the images that Schirner calls to life via language. They represent genuinely philosophical stagings of the productive, reflective power of our imagination.

I love this piece of work. It just seems to make so much sense.

Drive On

A little video I made on the last trip across America. The song is “Buffalo” by The Phoenix Foundation, one of a bunch of tunes that kept me sane whilst driving over 8,000 miles alone for a month through the States from San Francisco to New York in April/May this year, through California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Carolina, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York State, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhone Island and Connecticut. Big thanks must also go out to Johnny Cash, John Prine, Tom Waites, Robert Johnson, Willie Nelson, Z Z Top (yes, Z Z Top!), Bobby Gentry, Beirut, that Gotye tune, and as always, David Bowie, for  keeping me company.