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VIDEO & THE RADIO STAR

November 04, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
VIDEO & THE RADIO STAR Eric Minh Swenson's documentary on High & Dry premieres today, after this weekend's acclaimed premiere of Christopher Langley's original radio play You Are There: The Water Picnic, performed by Metabolic Studio's IOU Theater in Lone Pine, CA. This 8-minute film outlines High & Dry's long-term collaboration and compares...
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HENRY JONES: STUMBLING ON WHERE HOME IS

October 06, 2015  •  1 Comment
It's a bizarre but wonderful feeling, to arrive dead center of a target you didn't even know you were aiming for. – Lois McMaster Bujold Meeting Henry Jones was a serendipitous event. We were photographing the “throttling” installation in the Trona water system in Poison Canyon when, after several calls from passersby that “some guys were messi...
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HIGH & DRY RECENT FEATURES

September 15, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
LMGA Compass Magazine - Cover, Feature Article and "Martini Shot" Compass Magazine's article Osceola Refetoff: The Authentic Character of Things as They Are features Osceola's infrared photo on the cover, as well as the "martini shot" on the last page, referencing the final shot of the day on a film shoot. Click on either image to read the full...
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JEFF NEWMAN: HOME IS WHERE THEY HAVE TO TAKE YOU IN

September 08, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. – Robert Frost The people who are born in a place that calls them back are lucky people. For if it is truly home, as Robert Frost assures us, then they have to take you in. For many, Trona is one of those places. But you can only decide to return if you left in the fi...
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CA 395: THE HIGH ROAD HOME FROM BURNING MAN

August 20, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
You just spent a week at Burning Man on a playa in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. You even loved the dust, but now you’re done with the dust. You loved the desert, but you’re done with the heat. You loved not showering as much as you would at home, but you’re tired of your sweat smell. You loved going without sleep but now your body is bone tired...
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THE HUDSONS: AT HOME IN A LASTING LOVE

August 04, 2015  •  1 Comment
Sometimes you just look into someone’s eyes and know those are the eyes you want to get lost in for the rest of your life. ― Fad Ibra After a first meeting, you won’t know all the details of a couple’s life together, but you will know with conviction if they have been in love. Joe and Delores Hudson in a few months will celebrate their sixtieth...
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TRONA HOME SERIES: HOME IS WHERE YOUR HEART IS

July 24, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
High & Dry spent a recent weekend doing immersive field research in Trona, CA, a 100-year-old mining community just south of Death Valley. While that sounds very studious (and it was informative), we enjoyed our work immensely and were given a hearty welcome by the citizens of town, who are determined to stand their ground despite difficult economi...
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HIGH & DRY RECEIVES MULTIPLE AWARDS AT OWAC

July 08, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
"Best Outdoor Media Website" "Best Outdoor Feature Photograph" "Best Nature Photograph" "Best Overall Photograph" Los Angeles, Calif. (June 23, 2015) - The Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) honored High & Dry: dispatches from the land of little rain this week at their spring conference in Big Bear Lake in the "Best Outdoor Medi...
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LANCASTER, CALIFORNIA: FROM ALFALFA TO "NET ZERO" CITY

July 02, 2015  •  2 Comments
The weed-infested fields of West Lancaster, California were once perfect for growing alfalfa. They might still be if it should become economically advantageous again. Complex irrigation systems took care of the desert water needs for the seasonal crops. The fields today show the mottled patches and striated scars of past tilling. These fields are...
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THE SALTON SEA - PART 3: THERE’S LITTLE “THERE” THERE IN BRAWLEY ANY MORE

June 08, 2015  •  2 Comments
The smell of smoke still lingers in areas of downtown as a reminder to local merchants of the emotional and physical healing process still underway following a rash of structure fires months earlier. “It has really devastated Brawley,” American Beauty Academy owner Jeannie Jongeward said. “It’s going to take a long time if Brawley ever will be able...
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THE SALTON SEA - PART 2: A TSUNAMI OF NEGLECT

May 12, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
It seems, in fact, that the more advanced a society is, the greater will be its interest in ruined things, for it will see in them a redemptively sobering reminder of the fragility of its own achievements. Ruins pose a direct challenge to our concern with power and rank, with bustle and fame. They puncture the inflated folly of our exhaustive and f...
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THE SALTON SEA - PART 1: A DISTILLATION THE WEST’S PROBLEMS IN SEARCH OF SOLUTIONS

April 21, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
It is at best a rather cheerless object, beautiful in a pale, placid way, but the beauty is like that of the mirage, the placidity that of stagnation and death. Charm of color it has, but none of sentiment; mystery, but not romance. Loneliness has its own attraction and it is a deep one; but this is not so much loneliness as abandonment, not a soli...
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HIGH & DRY SALTON SEA FEATURE ARTICLE IN PALM SPRINGS LIFE MAGAZINE

January 06, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
Palm Springs Life Magazine assigned Christopher Langley to write a feature about the significant beauty that exists around this mysterious, little-known reso urce. Following editorial direction, the story focuses on the history of Lake Cahuilla going back to the Pleistocene, leaving out less savory details about the lake's current condition. The...
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GHOSTLY TALE FEATURED ON KCET'S 'ARTBOUND'

October 31, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Our bone-chilling account of a week spent babysitting the ghost town of Cerro Cordo is the Halloween feature story on KCET-TV's Artbound. High & Dry is delighted about our long-term association with Artbound, Southern California's premier platform for arts and culture journalism. www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/inyo/ghosts-of-cerro-gordo.html...
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CARETAKING THE GHOSTS OF CERRO GORDO

October 26, 2014  •  4 Comments
They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it’s night once more. ― Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot No wonder Spiritualism, séances, mediums and visits with the dead took place in the dark of the 1800’s. In the days when the streets, houses and buildings were not well lit, it was easy to experience the night full...
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