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Sant Khalsa

SPE Member since 2001
Member Chapter: West

A Separate Real(i)ty

A Separate Real(i)ty began when I relocated to Joshua Tree, California. The work has evolved from a significant personal and artistic transition - making (color digital) photographic work for the first time about the California desert after a long three decade career depicting (with film and silver prints) the urban and suburban places where I lived, and most importantly, seeking a life of simplicity with a deeper connection between Self and Nature.

The project title makes reference to Carlos Castaneda's 1971 book "A Separate Reality" (an influential book of my generation), while the use of the parenthesis in the title brings attention to the experience of "I" – myself in relation to specific sites (realty) and the creation of ones own reality. The photographs represent my current reflections on time and place, nature and culture, and our consumption of natural resources. It is my experience of this vast and beautiful yet complex, fragile and threatened eco-system. Of course, water (and lack of it) is a dominant subject in the photographs.

Salt mining near Amboy and the geothermal fields and power plants in the area of the Salton Sea are among the subjects I continue to research, explore and photograph. -Sant Khalsa





Salton Sea Geothermal Field

Salton Sea Geothermal Field

Salton Sea Geothermal Field

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