Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Plagues and Pleasures of the Salton Sea

The Salton Sea has long been a favorite haunt of West Coast night photographers. On April 20th, KQED in San Francisco will be showing "Plagues and Pleasure of the Salton Sea" as part of their "Truly California: Our State, Our Stories" series:

Once known as the "California Riviera", the Salton Sea is now called one of America's worst ecological disasters: a fetid, stagnant, salty lake, coughing up dead fish and birds by the thousands. This documentary explores the economic, political and environmental issues that face the sea. Equally fascinating, it offers up an offbeat portrait of the eccentric and individualistic people who populate its shores. By Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer.

(The Gold Chair, by Troy Paiva)

See Troy Paiva's Salton Sea set on Flickr for more night photos of the Salton Sea.

The show will be aired on April 20th (6pm), 23rd (11pm) and 24th (4am). If you don't live in Northern California, check your local public television station to see if they'll be airing "Plagues and Pleasures...".

I noticed that the website dedicated to the documentary also has a Salton Sea Emporium, where you can buy various Salton Sea memorabilia, including a dead talapia, for $79.95.


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