Abandoned

The Salton Sea is the largest body of water in California, formed by accident between 1905 and 1907 when storm overflow from the Colorado River was diverted into the Salton basin. During the 50’s and 60’s the area was developed commercially with numerous towns and resorts. However, increasing salinity because of its geographical situation below sea level and rising toxicity due to agricultural runoff from local communities caused the area to become largely abandoned by the 90’s. Although today some residents and recreational activities still remain, the area for the most part tells a story of environmental and societal neglect.

Notice board
Motel
Motel
Trailer home
Motel
Beach
Veterans center
Wall in a supermarket parking lot
Market
Beach
Beach
Social club
Trailer homes
Brand and messaging confusion, abandoned restaurant
All images © Shaun Fynn