Lung S Liu is a self-taught photographer with an interest in portraiture, documentary and photojournalism. His origins are in a small non-descript village on the border of Vietnam and China, which he fled as a young child with his family on a small wooden boat - like many who fled the shores of their homeland in the 70s and 80s. He was spared a life in the refugee camps when a church sponsored his family to live in Canada. Although he is new to the photographic world, he has been published and won international competitions and has exhibited his work to the public. He is delighted to have won silver in the series category of the LPA’s Landscape 2 competition.
Lung Liu Landscape 2 images
The Salton Sea was born of an accident and, shortly following its birth, was one of the most visited places in California - surpassing even Yellowstone National Park. The inland saline lake, set in the Colorado Desert, was set to become the new French Riviera. However, such dreams are often short-lived and this was no exception. The fish population drastically declined from a bad case of botulism and died out in shoals. Their bodies piled high on the shoreline and attracted birds, who ate the fish and then also died. This was the beginning of the end of the Salton Sea. The area now lays abandoned and forgotten. There are still some problems - both economic and ecological - and how well they will be addressed remains to be seen.