2014 OWAC Award

March 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 

My photographs chronicling Metabolic Studio's One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct were awarded OWAC's 2014 1st Place Award for Best Outdoor Photographic Series. The images were featured in three KCET Artbound pieces authored by High & Dry collaborator Christopher Langley as well as several articles in The Inyo Register.

The award-winning series included the images below, both shot from mule back.

 

Mule Train Winds through the Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine, CA - 2013Mule Train Winds through the Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine, CA - 2013First printed: 2016

This image was captured from muleback during an eight-hour ride that traversed the Alabama Hills west of Lone Pine, California, with the Sierra Nevada mountains just south of Mount Whitney in the background.

To mark the L.A. Aqueduct's 100th anniversary, Metabolic Studio led a 100-mule team along its 233 mile route from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles. Bringing water to a growing metropolis, the entirely gravity-fed feat of civil engineering also deprived the Owens Valley of its agricultural potential and drained Owens Lake, creating the largest single source of particulate pollution in the United States.

In recent years, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power was required to undertake a massive restoration project to successfully abate the dust storms caused by the creation of Owens Dry Lake. Tension persists between the residents of the Owens Valley and the LADWP, which continues to control the valley's water through its ownership of a land area in the region larger than the City of Los Angeles itself.

First Place Award - Best Outdoor Photographic Series - Outdoor Writers Association of California - 2014
KCET Artbound Riding Along the Aqueduct with 100 Mules - Oct 2013
Mule Train Winds through the Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine, CA - 2013

 

Mule Train Ascends Movie Ranch Road outside Lone Pine, CA - 2013Mule Train Ascends Movie Ranch Road outside Lone Pine, CA - 2013This image was captured from muleback during an eight-hour ride that traversed the Alabama Hills west of Lone Pine, California.

To mark the L.A. Aqueduct's 100th anniversary, Metabolic Studio led a 100 mule team along its 233 mile route from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles. Bringing water to a growing metropolis, the entirely gravity-fed civil engineering landmark also depleted the Owens Valley of its agricultural potential and drained Owens Lake, creating the largest single source of particulate pollution in the United States.

In recent years, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power was required to undertake a massive project to successfully abate the dust storms caused by the creation of Owens Dry Lake. Tension remains between the residents of the Owens Valley and the LADWP, which continues to control the valley's water through its ownership of a land area in the region larger than the City of Los Angeles itself.

First Place Award - Best Outdoor Photographic Series - Outdoor Writers Association of California - 2014
KCET Artbound Riding Along the Aqueduct with 100 Mules - Oct 2013

Mule Train rides along Movie Ranch Road - Alabama Hills, CA - 2013

 

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