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Zzyzx featured in fine art photography exhibit at Kelso Depot Visitor Center
Contact: Linda Slater, 760-252-6122
Mojave National Preserve invites desert travelers to experience the photography of Walter Feller in the Desert Light Gallery at the Kelso Depot Visitor Center. Feller’s exhibit, Zzyzx: The Middle of Nowhere, will be on display until September 20, 2009. The Visitor Center is 34 miles south of Interstate 15 at Baker, on Kelbaker Road, and is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; telephone 760 252-6108.
Walter Feller has been photographing the Mojave Desert for 14 years. In Zzyzx: The Middle of Nowhere, he explores Zzyzx, the unique setting at Soda Springs on the edge of the playa known as Soda Lake. While the Zzyzx exit sign on Interstate 15 is frequently photographed, few take the time to drive in and explore this remote yet accessible place. Walter Feller’s photography reflects upon those who have used the springs through time, capturing its many moods and seasons.
“By spending a lot of time at Zzyzx, Walter was able to capture the richness of desert light at its most interesting…early and late in the day, and during the desert’s infrequent weather changes," said Linda Slater, Chief of Interpretation for Mojave National Preserve. “The exhibition is a great opportunity to get a feel for Zzyzx if you have never been there…and those of us who know it well can appreciate the intensity of the desert experience that Walter’s photos reveal.”
Limited-edition prints of Walter Feller’s work are available at the Western National Parks Association bookstore inside the Kelso Depot Visitor Center.
Did You Know?
The railroad town of Kelso in Mojave National Preserve was named in 1905 by railroad construction workers. Two men placed their names in a hat, along with that of a third who had just moved away. The name drawn from the hat was that of John H. Kelso, the man absent from the drawing. More...