While photographing the Salton Sea, I became aware of the lake being a subject of great cultural anxiety. My interest in photographing it was not motivated by an aesthetic terror or dread, but rather the attraction to the romantic allure of the quiet, vast body of water even though there is a mood of strong divide between the ominous and beautiful. My aim is to make pictures that at the same time are lyrical and informative, intensely personal yet revealing. With my inquisitive nature to keep exploring things, I view my work as a means of continuous learning about my relationship to the world around me. If this in turn brings about conversations and thinking about the world we live in, and awareness of the upheavals that will affect our way of life for years to come, then I am pleased.