This photo essay in black and white takes a look at another way of life — off the grid and away from the rat race — in a place called Slab City. Squatters, madmen, prophets and criminals set up their own community near Salton Sea on the concrete slabs of the abandoned Camp Dunlap. They all have one thing in common — they’re all running away from something.
Heather Quinn is a photographer and nonfiction writer living in San Diego. Focusing on documentary photography, her work deals primarily with responses to the natural and urban landscape of the Southwest, tensions between the fragile ecology of the desert and humanity's struggle to dominate the land, and the intersections of cultures on both sides of the border with Mexico. Heather shoots in both analog and digital formats, but prefers the meditative, hands-on experience of black and white photography. Heather holds bachelor of arts degrees in English and political science, and is working towards an associate of arts in photography.