La Conchita Paradise

Posted by Christina McPhee | Tue Oct 24th 2006 7:28 p.m.

essay : La Conchita Paradise [excerpt]

Christina McPhee

La Conchita mon amour (2005-2006) is a site study of the aftermath
of a deadly debris that occurred in 2005 in the town of La Conchita,
California, about one hundred miles north of Los Angeles. The title
bears homage to "Hiroshima mon amour", the film by Alain Resnais
(1959) with screenplay by Margeurite Duras. A 1995 debris flow is
thought to have released only ten percent of its potential mass, and
that the 2005 flow is possibly a remobilization or sequelae to the
1995 flow. Residents live with a huge mass in the center of the
village that has not been removed. They have covered the mudslide
with shrines and improvised gardens in defiance of the county's order
to keep out. For the past year at one month intervals, I shot medium
format and digital photographs of the disaster
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