Martin Lamberty finished his studies in photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Art in Dortmund, Germany.
Presented project below, titled Dreams for sale is a sensitive observation of one of the not so publicized part of the United States of America. Lamberty explored the bleak soils of Salton Sea and the inhabitants occupying it.The series shows a realistic side of the “American Dream” in the hidden part of California. “Dream for Sale is a story about people living in a lost place. Salton Sea in the midst of a desert is a salt lake surrounded by a hostile environment. Originally, the Salton Sink was a part of the Gulf of California and the Pacific Ocean. It was separated by sediments of the Colorado River. Thus, Lake Cahuilla was created. Due to the climate it dried up hundred of years ago. In 1905 a dam of the Colorado River broke. For two years the river changed its course and emptied itself into the deepest point of the Salton Sink. The largest lake of California, Salton Sea, was born.”, Martin explains. After a peaking interest in the city by multiple investors in the 1950’s, it seemed to prosper.
The sport fishing scene started to flourish, more and more people invaded the city spending their leisure time there, yet the idyll didn’t last for long. It was struck by a set of unfortunate events like tropical storms and later water damage, ruining the cities ecological and economical infrastructure.
As the artist describes, “a dream of an eternal vacation turned into a collecting pond for dropouts and outcasts of America`s prosperous society, struggling against the total extermination of their habitat.“
The artist searches for the answers for multiple questions such as the motivation of those people to hold on to a land, left forsaken for so long. “Does a secluded life in a desert qualify as a dream come true?” Martin investigates the question. The artist photographs the surroundings of the city in the middle of a dried up land, and its inhabitants holding onto it. The series is closed in a nicely designed book displayed at the end of the post.