Andrew D. Folz
There has always been a fascination for me in desolate locations that, although absent of people, can still convey an almost haunting human element; Bombay Beach is one of these places. My visit was during the heat of summer, 2009, when most tourists avoid the area and only a small number of residents remain. This section of the beach has long been abandoned, leaving behind only the skeletons of structures that are partially submerged under water, mud or both. It is an eerie feeling to walk amongst these ruins, and remains one of my favorite photographic sites. Photography has taught me to look at things from all possible angles, literally and figuratively. In my photographs, the goal is to see the subject in a way that has not been experienced before, and to capture this with the camera. Since graduating in 2009 with a B.A. in Visual Arts, I take every opportunity available to travel so that I may experience as much of the world as possible. With so many beautiful places to see all over the world, each trip I take only fuels my desire to see more.
Selected by Anne Lyden, International Photography Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland.