“A Trip to the Badlands” takes you into Marty’s great-grandfather’s home revealing it’s unique old-fashioned character, while depicting the sort of intimacy only found in close friendships, and the isolated feeling of being deep in the hot desert of Southern California, right by the Badlands and Salton Sea.
Marty, Haley, my twin sister, Sammy, and I drove out for a weekend getaway in the beginning of September, to our very own desert oasis. One afternoon we went to the Salton Sea and explored an abandoned gas station. The rest of the weekend we spent hanging out at the beautiful property—playing pool, cooking food, dancing to music, lounging in the indoor hot tub (with the heat turned off of course), and enjoying each other’s company.
I want the viewer to really feel what it was like to be in different parts of this home, while still depicting its rural location and the beautiful scenery surrounding it, as if they were there with us. This particular desert and desert bungalow have something very special about it, it evokes an emotion that’s hard to put into words, but easier for me to communicate through the tone of these photographs.