Between Here and Nowhere by Clay Lipsky

Issue 26

There is a road between here & nowhere. It cuts a path through a barren landscape that is inhospitable to most. Yet despite the environmental adversity the thumbprint of man is still evident. The tranquil desert scenery bears the scars of industrialization, man made blights and failed urban development. The horizon is punctuated with haunting skeletal remains of abandoned attempts to inhabit this arid environment. Questions arise of how these artifacts came to be and the stories behind them. The views from the empty homes can be seen as both beautiful and condemning. Telephone poles and asphalt are the only active reminders of civilized life here on the fringe of society. This is modern archeology along a road of broken dreams.

Between Here & Nowhere is an ongoing series based upon my years of exploring the deserts of Southern California. I was initially inspired to photograph the natural beauty beyond the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles, but my motivation soon changed once I ventured far enough. Upon discovering the rural decay scattered throughout the Mojave Desert to the toxic shores of the man-made Salton Sea, I became focused on documenting the ways mankind had altered this environment. In my eyes, I see the artifacts as symbols of man's basic needs and the applied ambitions to flee urban trappings. However this story is not just about loss and the toll society takes on our surroundings. For every change we make to the landscape, nature will adapt to and ultimately the processes of entropy and evolution will thrive. In the end we are just visitors passing through and these are the marks we leave behind.

Clay Lipsky is a Los Angeles, California based artist.
To view more of Clay's work, please visit his website

  love seat 

love seat 

  shopping 

shopping 

  wired 

wired 

  room with a view 

room with a view 

  home improvement 

home improvement 

  man of the house 

man of the house 

  sentinel 

sentinel 

  convenience  

convenience  

  safe 

safe 

  fishbone beach 

fishbone beach 

  solitude 

solitude 

  pitstop 

pitstop 

  vacancy 

vacancy 

  tourist trap 

tourist trap 

  breezy 

breezy 

  2 bedroom 2 bath 

2 bedroom 2 bath 

  scenery 

scenery 

  salt river 

salt river 

  progress 

progress 

  coming soon 

coming soon