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Swimming in Palm Springs Through a Fisheye No. 2 Lens

Architecture and design buffs flock to Palm Springs for its modernist marvels and clean lines. Certain sunshine means plenty of ideal lighting, and any picture looks great.

Palm Springs, California: a sun-soaked haven for everyone from nudists and craftsmen to antique collectors, plein-air painters, history buffs, hipsters, homosexuals, retirees, and sun-worshipers.

Gambling is legal, locals are laid-back, and the brunches come with bottomless mimosas.

But more than the lifestyle, Palm Springs offers highly refined design with clean lines that mirror the horizon, a legacy of that quintessential American commercial-art form known as mid-century modernism.

Los Angeles may always be on the lookout for the next best thing, but 90 miles from the city, in the heart of Riverside County, it’s a mod, mod world (after all).

You probably didn’t know that Palm Springs is in the Coachella Valley — a place that’s become synonymous with music-fueled festival excess.

But long before hordes of indie-rock fans started flocking to the Empire Polo Grounds for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Palm Springs’ comparatively relaxed, characteristically unpretentious vibe scored the city a growing reputation as a celebrity hideaway for people including Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Sonny and Cher.

Check out this article I wrote for the Rundown: Palm Springs Party Pads: Rent Retro Celebrity Houses for your Own Rat Pack

If you’re thinking of heading to the desert on a road trip of your own, I humbly recommend another one of my articles: 10 Best Reasons to Visit Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley

Finally, dive into this piece, also by yours truly: Backyard Oasis:The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982 from an exhibit at the Palm Springs Museum of Art.

Now, go take some photos in Palm Springs. Just be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen.

written by tanjaladen

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