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Squat 2, Slab City, Imperial County, California, 2010
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Squat 2, Slab City, Imperial County, California, 2010

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Chuckwalla Mountains, California.
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Chuckwalla Mountains, California.

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Salton City, Imperial Valley, California.
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Salton City, Imperial Valley, California.

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Salton Sea 1, Imperial County, California, 2010.
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Salton Sea 1, Imperial County, California, 2010.

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Open Studio! If you’re in Oakland on June 1st, 2nd, 8th or 9th: stop by!! Looks like some half dozen prints on display and for sale. Work from two major projects included: the Imperial Valley, which you see here, and developing work in Utah’s West Desert and Arizona’s Gila River Valley. 
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Open Studio! If you’re in Oakland on June 1st, 2nd, 8th or 9th: stop by!! Looks like some half dozen prints on display and for sale. Work from two major projects included: the Imperial Valley, which you see here, and developing work in Utah’s West Desert and Arizona’s Gila River Valley. 

Image © Chris Gillis.

Pilot Knob, California.
Image © Chris Gillis.

Pilot Knob, California.

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Pilot Knob, California.
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Pilot Knob, California.

Image © Chris Gillis.

Let’s get back in the flow and reconnect with the Imperial Valley. But, first, a map to understand better the land itself.
These days, the Colorado River ends at the border, no surprise given it’s many allocations. Here, in 1903, a fanciful depiction of the river by today’s standards. Pilot Knob stands ready to oversee the last, major diversions being built, busted and rebuilt, taking the river’s last drops.

Yuma Quadrangle, United States Geological Survey, 1903.

Let’s get back in the flow and reconnect with the Imperial Valley. But, first, a map to understand better the land itself.

These days, the Colorado River ends at the border, no surprise given it’s many allocations. Here, in 1903, a fanciful depiction of the river by today’s standards. Pilot Knob stands ready to oversee the last, major diversions being built, busted and rebuilt, taking the river’s last drops.

Yuma Quadrangle, United States Geological Survey, 1903.

Salvation Mountain and Slab City, outside of Niland, California.
Change over time, courtesy of imagery from Google Earth. Dates shown are not evenly spaced over time, sadly. Images from 1992, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2005, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 are shown. 
The camps in Slab City come and go near the Mountain. One large squat disappeared after a son sexually assaulted his mother and burnt her trailer. People might like to claim it the last free place, but it has its troubles and is not easy living. 

Salvation Mountain and Slab City, outside of Niland, California.

Change over time, courtesy of imagery from Google Earth. Dates shown are not evenly spaced over time, sadly. Images from 1992, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2005, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 are shown. 

The camps in Slab City come and go near the Mountain. One large squat disappeared after a son sexually assaulted his mother and burnt her trailer. People might like to claim it the last free place, but it has its troubles and is not easy living. 

Munitions building and burnt-out squat along Beal Road in Slab City, outside of Niland, California.
Image © Chris Gillis.

Munitions building and burnt-out squat along Beal Road in Slab City, outside of Niland, California.

Image © Chris Gillis.

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