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The landscapes of Owens Lake tell a story all their own. Owens Lake has been fundamentally changed over the last 100 years, and throughout that time the impacts of human activity have left their mark in many ways. Today, barely a trace of what the lake once was can be found; small, quiet pools of alkaline water naturally collect in low points of the lakebed, giving no hint to the sheer size of what Owens Lake was at the beginning of the 20th century. Now, it is through a century of work and labor on the land, including dust mitigation, mineral mining, and the natural state of the lakebed after being drained of its water, that one experiences Owens Lake.

 

Photographer Jasmine Amara has documented these landscapes in her work for To Dust. She has also created images that remind us how the history of Owens Lake is not simply a story of land and natural resources, but a human one as well.