I had long seen the Salton Sea on the map and wondered what to make of this large sea 35 miles wide and 15 miles long about 50 miles from Palm Springs. Recently, on a long weekend away from LA, I decided to see what this was all about and set sail (with the air conditioning on full blast as temperatures soared to 115 degrees) to the Salton Sea Marina.
The Salton Sea is a man made sea filled with water that had been diverted from the Colorado River at the turn of the last century. For the next 60 years, the Salton Sea thrived as an oasis as beautiful as the Mediterranean in the middle of the desert. And then, the water began to get more and more salty.
Today, the Salton Sea almost has twice as high of a salt content than any ocean. Fish brought in for the pleasure of fishing accumulated. There are so many and the water gets so warm in the summer completely killing the oxygen in the water and thus millions of fish die a year. This was our first impression of Salton Sea, dead fish, and we hadn’t even reached the water yet. Thousands of decaying fish with their heads exploded littered the walk way to the beach.
This was our first taste of realizing possibly why we had not seen any other tourists. Walking closer to the beach, one is hit by a smell that can only be described as stinky. Sickly looking birds sat morosely on rocks surrounded by floating dead fish. The heat was oppressive and the water looked murky, a bit terrifying, and near boiling. In short, it seemed like the stuff of horror films. And yet, I am so very glad we decided to go off the beaten path and discover this man-made sea that is slowly becoming an ecological disaster. We can tell many tales and adventures on the way to Salton Sea, the ‘Los Angeles Riviera’.
Very few of even the most intrepid travelers get to set sail to the Arctic and the Antarctic. A lomographer known to the Community as stouf, however, was able to set foot on both polar regions. While the rare opportunity to visit these uncommon destinations came in parcel with his profession, he did not forget to bring along his trusty cameras and favorite film to capture scenes from the expeditions.
There are about 127 active volcanoes in Indonesia, one of the most popular ones being Mount Papandayan, located 2,665 meters above sea level in Garut, West Java. My boyfriend and I usually go hiking together so we decided to spend our long weekend holiday (three days/two nights) at Mount Papandayan.
It was the Amazon which I had longed for my whole life. And when it was finally a set deal that I will travel to Brazil with two of my best friends for the Copa do Mundo (World Cup), we really had to start our adventure in the Amazon. I had known about this magical place deep in the rainforest. There was a lodge run by local people of indigenous background, with wooden houses that float on the water and a limited number of visitors. It was eco-tourism as how it should be. To preserve and to celebrate one of the most impressive locations I have seen so far.
People seek extraordinary experiences while traveling, but not everyone gets to have an adventure of a lifetime. When lomographer Stephane Heinz (popularly known as vicuna in the Lomography community) saw the opportunity, he took the chance to travel and live miles away from his hometown in France. He and his wife, Kathi, came back home with a luggage full of valuable experiences and life lessons. Vicuna tells us about his four-year adventure in French Polynesia in this travel special.
Warm tones, subtle grains, beautiful moments of everyday life – the photos by Esben Bøg Jensen, a young and talented photographer from Denmark, let us escape into our memories and dream about a never-ending spring. We talked to the photographer himself and couldn’t help feeling a pleasant wave of joy overcoming us. Read on and get inspired to search for the moments that make us feel alive.
I traveled to Cartagena de Indias, Colombia in May 2015 with my twin sister. Our birthday was on the 31st, and for the last few years we've had a silent pact to try to spend our birthdays traveling as much as we could (and as long as we’re single!).
My dad and I have been riding our bicycles for as long as I can remember. We had no camera back then, so I only have the pictures from our recent rides. Each ride to the island of Khortitsa today is like a reunion with my childhood and my father's care.
You may have noticed the new single from Nükleer Başlıklı Kız, "Beni Hatırla," playing on the radio and music channels. During their last vacation, they took the Fisheye No.2 Gold to record their memories in circular photos that enhance the soul of the sea and the sun. We talked with NBK about their new single, future plans, and adventures with the Fisheye camera.
Mysterious apparitions and other inexplicable phenomena on film, or generally speaking, for that matter, are as highly debated topics today as they were many decades ago. In 1934, a certain Mr. C.P. MacCarthy of 15 Wilkinson Street, Sheffield held a lecture at 76 Clarkehouse Road located in the same city to "demonstrate under test conditions Fake Psychic Photography" before an invited committee. MacCarthy's demonstration was accompanied by a series of photographs titled "Psychic Photography From a New Angle."
During the long nights around Christmas, the China Light Utrecht Festival was held in my hometown. On our visit, I brought my trustworthy Nikon F80 to shoot some pictures. Finally, the rolls came back from the lab recently and I was stunned by the results!
The people of a city, to me, speak volumes about its culture and sense of community. And that is why I sought out the people who make Denver that much more interesting after the initial period of settling down. My search lead to a few establishments that have contributed to making Denver what it is today. In the second story on Transient Living, I present to you two of such establishments: The Craftsman & Apprentice, and A Small Print Shop.