Visit to Photo LA and exploring the Coachella Valley

Project High & Dry spent a productive four days last week. First, I toured Photo LA with collaborator/ photographer Osceola Refetoff, who had two pictures at two different booths in the show. Then, I attended a challenging panel that included Osceola with two other accomplished photographers: Mark Jay Johnson and Zoe Crosher, moderated by Shana Nys Dambrot. The panel was on art and the aestheticism of activism an important and current theme for artists.

High & Dry then spent the next three days in the Coachella Valley meeting with the Mayor of Indio, Glen Miller, editor of The Sun Runner magazine, Steve Brown, and his wife Delphine and finally with fellow artist of the Salton Sea and more, Cristopher Cichocki.

We also photographed a burned palm field belonging to Christ Is Salvation Church of Thermal and an interview with Pastor Reuben Martinez, who through prayer brought the burned palms back to life. A visit to Coachella Valley Historic Museum, exploration of a failed development on Dillon Road and photography at both ends of the day (the “golden” hour) rounded out the work.  Look for "Dispatches" on dates, the experiences of Christ Is Salvation Church and its pastor, and the Date Festival and marketing use of Middle Eastern imagery.