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, California – 2013First printed: 2016
This image was captured from muleback during an eight-hour leg of Metabolic Studio's 100-mule, 233 mile trek to mark the 100th anniversary of the L.A. Aqueduct. Bringing water to a growing metropolis, the gravity-powered feat of civil engineering 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 compelled to undertake a massive restoration project to successfully abate toxic dust storms. 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.
Permanent Collection: Lone Pine Film History Museum – Lone Pine, California Outdoor Writers Association of California – Best Outdoor Photographic Series – 2014 KCET Artbound – Riding Along the Aqueduct with 100 Mules – Oct 2013Mule Train Winds through the Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine, CA - 2013
Mule Train rides along Movie Ranch Road - Alabama Hills, CA - 2013
Outdoor Writes Association of California (OWAC) Award Winner