In spite of the fact that its once-popular tourist towns are now largely abandoned, the Salton Sea isn’t all decay and dilapidation. Take this cool mid-century building, for example. It’s encouraging to see how beautifully it’s been renovated but, even better, it’s home to the World Famous International Banana Museum. It was closed the day I visited but I will make it a point to stop by again. Intriguing! Photo taken with a Polaroid Spectra camera and film from the Impossible Project.
As beautiful and visually arresting as the Salton Sea is, the atmosphere there can 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.