With the arrival of May, there's an excitement in the air, and residents begin to venture outside, make plans and travel about. And, since most of us who live in this scenic valley appreciate all the benefits that nature and the outdoors offer, it's easier for us to appreciate and understand the great beauty and diversity of the natural world surrounding us. For those who enjoy photography, whether they are professionals or amateurs, it's the time of year in the Antelope Valley that offers untold opportunities for obtaining that special, once-in-a-lifetime shot.
Keeping this in mind, in this May issue of LIFESTYLE, we decided to explore the wonderful, varied and very exciting world of photography. For starters, we feature the winners of the sixth annual LIFESTYLE Photo Contest. More than 300 photos were submitted, and on display in this issue are the first-, second- and third-place winners in each of the five categories of Animals, Human Interest, Nature/Scenic, Portrait/People and Travel.
Staff writer Andrew Clark profiles photographer Ron Pinkerton, whose works were recently honored at the Museum of Art and History juried show in Lancaster. "Spin Cycle" earned the Dean Webb Memorial Award given out by the Lancaster Photography Association, and "Force Reduction" took first place in the photography category.
This May issue also features a roundup of photography exhibits at Southern California museums, including "Interrogating Manzanar: Photography, Justice, and the Japanese American Internment" at the California Museum of Photography at University of California, Riverside, which features the work of Ansel Adams, Clem Albers, Dorothea Lange, and Toyo Miyatake.
Local historian and Lifestyle contributor Norma Gurba, in "Two pioneer Antelope Valley photographers," delves into the work and lives of two early photographers, Robert R. Charlton of Old Mojave and George Clark of Old Palmdale.
But this May issue of LIFESTYLE isn't just about photography. There's a great deal more. Vern Lawson, in his Hometown History column "Hundreds of lives washed away in dam collapse," discusses a new book out on the 1928 St. Francis Dam disaster. Just before midnight on March 12, 1928, the 185-foot-tall St. Francis Dam, located in San Francisquito Canyon, massively collapsed and unleashed a giant wall of water that roared all the way to the Pacific Ocean, taking with it the lives of at least 450 people.
"Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles" by Les Standiford chronicles the achievements of Mulholland, who built the Los Angeles Aqueduct and was the chief designer of St. Francis Dam.
In addition, all of our regular features and columns are here, including Good Kids, Horse Tales, Kovel's Antique Forum, A Taste for Wine, Travel, and Arts, as well as a calendar of events for May.
So please join us for this exciting issue of LIFESTYLE. We're sure you'll enjoy it.