Looking Back On All The Lost Gems Rediscovered In 2017
It’s that time of year to reflect on the highlights and low-points of the past year. Every year at this time I pick out my favorite images from the year that was. I also like to look back at all the rediscovered images I found in the past year from my personal archives. I like to revisit old images from time-to-time to find hidden nuggets within the catalog of all my old work. Whether it was a change in taste, getting lost in the shuffle, or a reinterpreted concept it’s always inspiring to find these newly-found gems that were long forgotten.
The image above is by far my favorite of the bunch. Taken at Owens Lake (a dry lake bed) driving back from Death Valley on Highway 190. My current reading of Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner, which chronicles the many water issues in the American West over the past 150 years, inspired me to find this image again which I shot almost 10 years ago but I never did anything with it. In the book a key chapter chronicles the water war spurred by the city of Los Angeles rerouting most of the water in the Eastern Sierra Nevada and Owens Valley to supply the growing city 100 years ago.
Now days when you drive through the Owens Valley you see some water back in the lake bed, due to all the court rulings ordering Los Angeles to return the water, but it’s far from what it used to be. I haven’t finished the book, but it has been fascinating to read about engineering marvels, and their ecological and social impact that have shaped the western U.S. as we know it.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the collection of my newfound treasures, and stayed tuned for tomorrow I will unveil my 10 top images of 2017.