Bakersfield, California


This new series addresses the changed physical landscape of California and its relationship to the drought. I decided to start by documenting the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley and in particular the area around Bakersfield, the oil capital of the state. Kern County is a concentrated area of resource exploitation with massive oil fields side by side with industrial agriculture around the Kern River. Oil drilling requires first and foremost a lot of water and farmers who can’t obtain water elsewhere purchase oil wastewater to maintain their crops. This area is an intersection of massive resource usage quite unseen by most of the state's inhabitants or visitors. What does California look like after so many years of draining the nutrients from the ground? This ongoing series will the address changed landscape and the visual results of resource mismanagement after over 100 years of damage.