Anh + Garret
Anh + Garret | Salton Sea + Salvation Mountain + Slab City Engagement Session
JANUARY 14, 2019
After Salton Sea, we rushed and did a quick shoot at Salvation Mountain, a heavily painted mountain made of clay with various Christian writings and ornamented with colorful painted objects of flowers, birds, trees, and a yellow brick road that serves as a pathway that goes up and around the mountain. The words “God is Love”, “Jesus loves you” and “Love is Universal”, and various positive biblical writings cover the whole area. The colorful humongous art piece was home and made by Leonard Knight (he passed away in 2014) who lived a very minimalistic lifestyle and is described by many as one of the happiest people they’ve met.
A few minutes of shoot at Salvation Mountain, we headed to Slab City for a very quick shoot because we barely have enough light to play around with. Slab City sits in the outskirts of a small town in Niland, California, the place describes itself as “the last free place on earth”. This place is so far off the beaten path. There were no roads. No traffic lights. Most probably no running water. Just trailer homes, yard sales, a lot of art, and a small community of people that cared for each other. Slab City attracts a lot of people that just wanted to live off the grid. It’s part hippy, part art commune, and part drop out society. They take care of each other here in spite of the fact that Slab City is one of the poorest of the poorest communities of California.
These places became a little symbolic to me as I’ve become more familiar with Anh and Garrret’s love for each other. Salton Sea, a failed luxury resort that stood out through the test of time with its unique desolate charms, Salvation Mountain that was created by pure passion and devotion and has become one of California’s icon and Slab City, a commune of carefree people bonded together by one purpose regardless of economic conditions. These places speak to me about perseverance, devotion, and happiness despite of… things that Anh and Garret has – happiness, purpose, and most importantly… LOVE. Key ingredients of what I believe to be a love that will stand through the test of time. I wanna be like these two when I grow up.