Isolated Decay Lively Vibrance

Desert and Oasis

Photography by Craig Colvin and Paul Italiano

In Western civilization every home has a chair. We sit in chairs: around the dinner table, while working at our desk, during family gatherings, in rows at church, and while watching TV. Chairs are ubiquitous pieces of furniture wherever people work, play, worship, eat, or otherwise relax. Walking through the ghost towns that surround the Salton Sea is like walking through a post-apocalyptic world, with remnants of people’s lives strewn in the streets and yards of the crumbling buildings that are everywhere, and in every building there is a chair, silent reminders that people were here, that this was their home.

Sitting Along the Shore

Photo by Craig Colvin


Photo by Craig Colvin

Untouched by commercialism of first-world countries, the country of Myanmar and its people are untethered, free from the visual and audio assaults of modern-day advertising and 24/7 demands of digital technology. People interact with each other rather than machines, and unafraid of strangers, they are spontaneous, genuine in their gaze and stance. The culture is friendly, and the people are approachable. Many women and some men wore the customary Thanaka, a yellowish white paste made from ground tree bark. As a result, scenery, cities, and people offer unparalleled photo opportunities. Myanmar is truly one of the most photogenic countries in the world.


Photo by Paul Italiano


Photo by Paul Italiano

Craig Colvin is a professional photographer in the Bay Area who is most happy when his finger is on the shutter button. Paul Italiano is a professional multi-talented photographer and videographer in the Bay Area. Both Craig and Paul are members of the Richard Dischler Photo Workshop.

This exhibit is on display until April 12, 2016.