As beautiful and visually arresting as the Salton Sea is, the atmosphere there can also be unsettling and a little scary. I couldn’t help but think of the old Kevin Spacey-Brad Pitt film Se7en when I stumbled upon this little tableau behind an abandoned North Shore snack bar. And, just in case you’re familiar with the movie and are wondering…no, I did not look in the box!
I’ve never before (outside of the movies, anyway) seen a piano on a beach and yet I wasn’t the least bit surprised to find one abandoned on the shore of the Salton Sea. The beachfront in Bombay Beach, in particular, is in a constant state of flux which is one of the reasons I keep returning. You never know what you’ll stumble upon there.
Another shot from my recent visit to the flood-ravaged town of Bombay Beach. One of the things I find to be most compelling about the Salton Sea in general, and Bombay Beach in particular, is that they stand up so well to repeat visits. Indeed, every time I make the trek out to this visually-arresting and eerie place I notice things that either weren’t there before or, for whatever reason, failed to catch my eye in the past. Time seems to speed up and I’m always left wishing that the daylight would last just a little bit longer.
Today’s photo isn’t technically all that great (it was overcast and the light wasn’t very good) but it gives you an idea of what Slab City’s residences are like. There is so much creativity in this poverty-stricken, off-grid “squattersville,” that it’s not much of a stretch to think of it as one big art installation.