Salton Sea landscapes by John Midgley

The storied Salton Sea, a shallow lake on the San Andreas Fault in California, has for years attracted storytellers and imagemakers of all stripes because it symbolizes unbridled optimism (let’s have a lake in the middle of the desert!) and inexorable decay (a salinity level that is nearly inhospitable to fish, algae blooms from fertilizer runoff, rusted structures from its 1950s heyday as a resort spot, etc.). It’s a broken dream that begs to be fixed.

Brooklyn-based photographer John Midgley is one of the people who have fallen under the spell of this strangely beguiling place. Some years ago, he shot a fashion story at the Salton Sea. And this past January, he returned on his own to photograph landscapes. “There’s something repulsive and attracting about the Salton Sea,” says John.

Here’s a look at some of his Salton Sea-scapes…

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Photo by John Midgley. Click to view larger.

Photo by John Midgley.

Photo by John Midgley.

Photo by John Midgley.

Photo by John Midgley.

Photo by John Midgley.

Photo by John Midgley.

Photo by John Midgley.

Photo by John Midgley.

Photo by John Midgley.

Photo by John Midgley.

Photo by John Midgley.

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