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High & Dry

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High & Dry is a long-term collaboration between photographer Osceola Refetoff and writer/historian Christopher Langley. Together they survey the legacy of human enterprise in the California desert.

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Dead Tree Nests & Thermal Plants - Infrared Exposure - Salton Sea, CA - 2014  | Osceola Refetoff
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Landscapes That Remind Us of Our Place in this World

Our lives are short. When compared to the landscape around us, we are the proverbial mayfly. Given the brevity of our mortality, we swell with pride, or shutter from embarrassment about what we have done to our home.
Building K – Whittaker-Bermite Site – Santa Clarita, CA – 2017 | Osceola Refetoff
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Could There Be Hollywood Ending for this Scarred Landscape?

Whittaker-Bermite in Santa Clarita has had many transformation, but this latest one maybe the most promising of all.
Canyon View – Whittaker-Bermite Site – Santa Clarita, CA – 2017 | Osceola Refetoff
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A Landscape With an Explosive, Glamorous Past

Exhaustive landscapes have lives, history and stories to be read. Whittaker-Bermite in Santa Clarita, California — this scarred landscape especially has had many lives, which help guests understand better the condition of our world now.
 Stop-Liquor Jr Market – Mojave, CA – 2016 | Osceola Refetoff
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A Glimpse of America's Underbelly

Trinity Street in Mojave, California runs only three blocks, but in it High & Dry finds the cross-section of the lower economic strata of the United States and a "king" is facing society's toughest challenges.
Boarded-Up Farm House - Color/Infrared Exposure - Bishop, CA - 2016 | Osceola Refetoff
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The Remnant Silos of Inyo County

When pioneer farmers got to Inyo County from the Midwest, most of them had to master a new way of farming in arid lands. These farmers ultimately learned irrigation techniques and built two hundred miles of unlined canals.
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One Thousand & One Cultural Illusions: Orientalism in Coachella Valley

In the 1930s Indio coupled marketing their excellent date crop with Oriental fantasies borrowed from Hollywood and the short story collection “One Thousand and One Nights." High & Dry follows the evolution of this county's orientalism.
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Burned Palm Trees and Miracles: The Great Fire of Thermal, CA

After a large-scale fire burned through a palm tree grove in Thermal, CA, all of the palms were assumed dead. But one pastor and his congregation prayed for a miracle.
Tourists at Badwater Basin, Death Valley, CA (featured image)
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Empty and Full: Finding Beauty in the Desert's Dry Lake Landscape

The landscape of Badwater Basin, the most popular tourist attraction in Death Valley National Park, is always changing. Artist collective High & Dry report from the edge of this earth dip, and attempt to capture the immensity before them.
Scotty's Castle After Thousand-Year Flood - Death Valley, CA - 2015
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Desert Storms: Destruction and Construction at Scotty's Castle

Scotty's Castle in Death Valley remains shuttered after rains and massive flooding.
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Trona: Home Is Where Your Heart Is

The town of Trona, CA is experiencing economic challenges. Artist collective High and Dry meet with its residents who remain stalwart in the face of adversity.
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