California is currently facing one of the most severe droughts in the state’s history. This current crisis ignited Markku Lahdesmaki‘s personal project, Vein of Life.
Vein of Life explores the 700-mile long California Aqueduct – a huge system of canals beginning in the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta and stretching down throughout Southern California. The Aqueduct plays a vital role in supplying water throughout the entire state.
One of the man-made structures easily forgotten and not always understood is the California Aqueduct. I wanted to not only capture the massive scale of the Aqueduct structures but also to highlight the multi-faceted life in its vicinity.
The whole series consists of a total of 42 images. The mood, subjects and stories changed mile for mile and around each bend I found myself as an observer along the concrete banks discovering an atmosphere that I can only describe through the photos I captured, which made this project so important for me.
In May, Applied Arts Magazine, Canada’s premier periodical focused on visual communications, selected various images from Vein of Life as winners in the Nature, Landscape & Wildlife category. Congratulations Markku!
It all begins in the Delta region of California, and flows all the way to Southern California providing water all throughout the state. Markku’s son, Julian Jones, composed the music. – Markku Lahdesmaki