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If you are still looking for your Pletal at a lower price than on the most of the market, you’ve found it! Buy Pletal only for $1.2 right here! Sweet Water presents us with striking images of vast land and open skies, lying in contrast to artificial, isolated structures, portraying a landscape fractured by modern aspirations’ collisions with the formidable, often unbeatable powers of nature.

Two Structures, Death Valley, California, 2007 by Ian Baguskas.

Lesson / Koan : Water is currency.

Ian Baguskas traveled from one end of California to the other, he documented the remains of human attempts to transform untamable landscapes into personal utopias.

Lawn, Agua Dulce, California, 2007 by Ian Baguskas.

The resulting images are at once archaeological, anthropological and aesthetically beautiful.

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Photographer’s statement :

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Traveling end to end across Southern California, I witnessed the attempts people made to transform areas of the desert into their own personal oasis, defying both nature and reason.

Grid, California City, California, 2007 by Ian Baguskas,

From what I could tell, the lush palm trees, green lawns and lakes in the towns of this region were nothing but a mirage to most of the people living there.

Without large-scale human intervention, this part of the West could not sustain most of its inhabitants. It is the diversion of rivers and the rapid use of the aquifer that has made it possible for some people to live this dream. For others, this lifestyle was only temporary, ending when the aquifers were depleted and the water ran out.

This was the case for the people of Lake Los Angeles, located within Antelope Valley, where in the 1960s an artificial lake was made to attract land buyers. Left to dry up once the developers sold their land, the empty lake is still colored blue on maps. Similarly, in 1958, a developer bought 80,000 acres of desert land and named it California City with the dream of creating the next Los Angeles. Miles of empty paved grids remain to this day just beyond the limits of a small city that never lived up to its builder’s intentions.

Trees, Silver Saddle Resort, California City, California, 2007 by Ian Baguskas.

It is stories like these that made me wonder, and want to explore, what still remains of this grand dream to populate the beautiful, yet unlivable, desert.” – Ian Baguskas


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Super 8, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2006 by Ian Baguskas.

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