Yurian Quintanas Nobel’s series of color photographs capture the hard life of people living in one of America’s most inhospitable environments.
From Yurian’s website:
The desert represents decay and death. There is scarcity of water and shade, extremely temperatures and a lack of resources for humans to survive. But at the same time there is a long tradition of the desert as a place of healing, both physically and spiritually.
With the Californian desert as background, “Happy Nothing” delves into the lives of its inhabitants and its secrets. Here is where ex-convicts, war veterans, retirees and people that for some reason have decided to stay outside of the society live. In these towns there is no running water, the houses are in ruins, the streets unpaved, without street lighting, there are no supermarkets or entertainment infrastructures. But despite living in these conditions, they call it the Paradise.
Yurian’s bio from his website:
Currently living in Catalunya he works on his personal photography projects focused on documenting people and their environment. After graduating as a senior technician on image and study a specialization course in photojournalism at IDEP (Barcelona), he had the opportunity to assist recognized photographers from National Geographic as Tino Soriano and Annie Griffiths Belt. It’s been five years Yurian began working on his own projects and he has won awards and fellowships including: the 1st prize of the Vanguardia Magazine, (2007), the scholarship of the “XIII International Meetings Gijon photojournalism” (2009), the workshops Magnumphotos scholarship with Chien-Chi Chang (2009), an honorable mention in the “Travel Photographer of the Year” (2011), the selection for Photoespaña Discoveries (2011) or being finalist of the Fotopres Grant (2013). Burn Magazine, Foto a Foto, Descobrir Catalunya, F-Stop Magazine, Piel de Foto, Disparo or Positive Magazine, are some of the media in which he has published.
You can see more of Yurian’s work here.
All photographs © Yurian Quintanas Nobel.