These images were produced as a personal project that I had been mulling around in my mind for some time. The idea for these images started while I was living in south Louisiana. Water is such a major part of life in the region. Everyone’s lives seem to be in some way affected by it. Always anticipating the next rain. It rained in southern Louisiana like nothing I had ever experienced. It would frequently rain at such intensity that the entire neighborhood would be bursting with water.
So much rain that we couldn’t get rid of fast enough.
It didn’t take long after moving to southern California to realize that the environment, especially the weather, is very different. I lived here for 3 months when I realized it hadn’t rained. Not once. Not even one of those quick bursts where it rains just long enough to make the streets steam. Then I remembered having seen an aqueduct during a drive south from Sacramento. I later learned that the aqueduct runs a 242-mile span down the length of California, from Lake Havasu to the East side of the Santa Ana Mountains, and is the primary source of drinking water for southern California. Without that aqueduct, entirely all of southern California would be uninhabitable.
Wes Kroninger was raised in Columbus, Ohio where he began his training as a photographer. Since then his career has taken him across the country capturing images for clients as well as teaching his knowledge and love of photography. Wes has a strong passion for the photographic community and for educating. Only a short time out of school Wes was the recipient of the Hy Sheanin Memorial Scholarship through WPPI and from that moment hasn’t looked back. In addition to numerous gallery shows his work has been published in Rolling Stone Magazine, Modern Salon, American Salon, Rangefinder, as well as many trade publications. He has had the opportunity to work for companies like Home Depot, AVEDA, Starmount Insurance, Long Beach Water and the Neill Corporation. In 2008 Wes taught a Master Class at the annual WPPI conference in Las Vegas and contributes monthly educational articles on www.prophotoreasource.com. He has also received national recognition and honors for charitable contributio