Photo Journal

Studio updates, project announcements, and a glimpse behind the scenes of commercial and editorial photo shoots.

Bombay Beach

A couple months ago, one of my favorite models, Zara Alyse, asked if I would be interested in photographing her at the Salton Sea. I agreed immediately. A couple of weeks ago, we finally made the long journey to Bombay Beach -- an eerie, abandoned beach town just off the coast of the Salton Sea. We encountered swarms of mysterious insects pelting against the car windows, a vintage automobile graveyard that doubled as an abandoned drive-in movie theater, and rows of dilapidated houses inhabited by a few quiet wanderers who have come to call the forgotten resort town their home. In spite of its eerie atmosphere and disintegrating infrastructure, Bombay Beach has a strange charm to it that you don't find often. There hasn't been a day since we left that I haven't thought about the lost town or how badly I want to go back to visit.

Erin Marie Miller