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    The Lake Project - artist David Maisel depicts the ravaging of Owens Lake, east of Death Valley, drained to bring water to Los Angeles.

David Maisel, The Lake Project #9271-8, 2001

To grow the city of Los Angeles is to deplete, starve or implode the body of water that once comprised Owens Lake, so 'The Lake Project' images serve, in a sense, as the lake's autopsy. In nearly every image from the entirety of 'Black Maps,' water is harnessed for some use, and in the process it is in some manner manipulated or destroyed, its presence denied.

David Maisel
From the FotoFest 2004 Catalogue

David Maisel, The Lake Project #9283-3, 2001

The depictions of the damaged wastelands, where human efforts have eradicated any natural order, are both spectacular and horrifying. Although these photographs evidence the devastation of these sites, they also transcribe interior psychic landscapes that are profoundly disturbing-for as otherworldly as these images may seem, they depict a shattered reality of our own making.

David Maisel
From the FotoFest 2004 Catalogue

David Maisel, The Lake Project #9277-1, 2001



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