365 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS - Photo 6, taken October 19, 2008, Mono Lake, California.
Just down the street from yesterday’s hot springs is Mono Lake, a bizarre lake bordering Yosemite National Park. The alkaline lake is filled with salt formations that come from local hot springs creating bizarre landscapes. The lake was once featured on the back cover of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were here album.
The album’s back cover depicts a faceless “Floyd salesman”, in Thorgerson’s words “selling his soul” in the desert (shot in the Yuma Desert in California). The absence of wrists and ankles signifies his presence as an “empty suit”. The inner sleeve shows a veil in a windswept Norfolk grove, and a splash-less diver at Mono Lake—called Monosee on the liner notes—in California (again emphasising the theme of absence). The decision to shroud the cover in black plastic was not popular with the band’s US record company, Columbia Records, who insisted that it be changed (they were over-ruled). EMI were however less concerned; the band were reportedly extremely happy with the end product, and when presented with a pre-production mockup, they accepted it with a spontaneous round of applause.
The lake was also written about by Mark Twain frequently. When I lived in the Sierra Nevada, coming here was always a treat and the location fueled creativity in photography for me.
360 DAYS - 360 PHOTOS is a series of photographs from the archives of jonahkessel.com. Photographs span over eight years and include locations from all around the world. They fall in no particular order, but their own.