I wouldn’t consider myself overly religious in any which way, but I do love my crazy old folk artists, so naturally one of my favorite people in the world is a fellow by the name of Leonard Knight. This guy hangs out in the desert, collects paint from people who stop by, and built over time a massive ‘mountain’ to God. You can tell he has been at it for awhile because the intricacies of the place are astounding. Leonard is a popular guy as over the years more and more people have come and been given a personal tour. He was even in the movie ‘Into the Wild’ a few years back- I’m not sure he knew there were cameras there, that’s how he always is, just walking around giving tours. We’re also Facebook friends I might add.
Salvation Mountain is located by the Salton Sea, another one of my favorite places. There’s tons of junk, abandoned houses, interesting and crazy people, and migratory birds. If you ever want a really awesome inspiring day tour, go check this place out before it gets too hot out there. Slab City is also right nearby which is a crazy place in its own right. Recently L’Official magazine in France used some of these photos in their Dec/Jan 2012 issue.
You can see more of our Salvation Mountain work on our National Parks Photo Guide.