Just about a week ago, I pulled an all-nighter prepping and printing two images for the Salton Sea Walk Finish Line Event. Long story short, Randy Brown just finished an epic 100+ mile walk around the sea and on Sunday the community gathered to celebrate his accomplishment and raise awareness for a good cause.
The reception was hosted by EcoMedia Compass, a non-profit organization that has been focusing on the Salton Sea and the fact that the water level is lowering and the water is becoming increasingly saltier. As this continues, the fish could stop producing thus eliminating a food source for the birds that use the Salton Sea as a stop during their migration. The loss of California wetlands due to urban sprawl has left the birds no choice but to use the Salton Sea – and once it dies the bird species will be dramatically affected.
I have a home at the Salton Sea and I dearly love the sea and the surrounding deserts so, needless to say, I felt compelled to do my part to help.
At this event I provided two pieces of framed art to hang and display for sale, and I will be donating a portion of those proceeds to Ecomedia Compass. It’s my goal to produce about 20 pieces so that I can have a one man show of photography that tells the story of the sea and helps bring awareness to people that may not normally be reached.
This is a very emotional and important project for me because not only do I want to do my part and give back to something that gives to me, but I also want to help an organization that is doing good in this world.
Over the coming year I’ll be working hard to produce all of the artwork to get my show up. Stay tuned for more details.
A very special thank you to Jeremy Dunaway @ Artware, who rocked the mounting and framing. Not only are they beautiful, but he turned them around in record time!!!
In the meantime, here are some photos from this weekend: