The history of California is written by its great droughts. It is a semi-arid place; mostly dry. Over the last few centuries and before the taking of measurements, there had been megadroughts, which can certainly happen again. Climate change makes them a little more likely to occur. Nowadays, California is facing one of the most severe droughts on record. In January 2015, Governor Brown declared a State of Emergency due to the drought and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for water shortages. The state has continued to lead the way to make sure California is able to cope with an unprecedented drought. A drought affects all parts of our environment and our communities.
With my project, California Volumes, I want to show people living in Californian cities, such as Los Angeles or San Diego, that the drought is already affecting their lives. Also to make them aware enough to change their habits concerning the water use in daily life by starting to consider the water as a gift, not as something taken for granted. My photographs want to highlight objects, landscapes and people affected by the drought. It seems everyone in the cities is too busy driving, running, walking, and going to work to really notice that the trees close to their house are dying, the farmers in the San Diego County are planting different crops to economically survive the water crisis, the gardens are populated by succulents and covered by synthetic grass, cars are left dirty and fountains are left empty .