East Jesus II

I previously shared photos from my trip to East Jesus earlier this year. We arrived midday on a bright sunny day, so the shooting conditions weren’t the most ideal. I went with a black and white edit so that the focus could be more about the details. I recently revisited the photos wanting to find a way to take advantage of the imperfections. I felt like showing East Jesus in color could add more to the story.

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Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain was the first stop along my day-trip to Niland earlier this year. I previously shared photos from my visit to East Jesus located further down the road in Slab City. I actually discovered this location through Instagram. I’d seen many stunning photoshoots done here, so I figured it would be a visually appealing place to check out.

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East Jesus

In January of 2020, my friends and I took a day trip to Niland, California, to visit an art community called East Jesus. East Jesus is about a 2.5-hour drive from San Diego, California, and it’s located literally in the middle of nowhere, hence the name “East Jesus.” It’s apart of a community called Slab City, also known as “The Last Free Place on Earth.” According to Eastjesus.org, it serves as a “refuge to artists, musicians, survivalists, writers, scientists, laymen, and other wandering geniuses.” It was established in 2007 by a man named Charles Stephen Russel, who worked alongside Leonard Knight, known for Salvation Mountain, located just down the road from East Jesus.

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