About the Book
Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain is a visionary landscape populated by angels, flowers, impossible trees, a yellow brick road, and text. Scripture and prayers express salvation through repentance and a direct relationship to god, without the interference of any church.
Leonard Knight wanted to keep it simple: God Is Love. He wanted the mountain to be for everyone, and wouldn't let any particular denomination use the mountain as a backdrop for organized religious services.
Salvation Mountain is an inspiring triumph of American Folk Art and gnostic American spirituality. It is currently being restored and maintained by volunteers, as increasing numbers of visitors make the pilgrimage east of the Salton Sea to see it. Leonard always told me he wanted to just get the mountain's message out into the world: God Is Love.
This book is a work in process - this first draft has a limited number of images from a much larger portfolio of yearly photography with medium format film since 2004.
Michael Rauner is a photographer and a lover of books, dangerous animals, and the holy ghost. Since the turn of the century, he has spent most of his time pursuing photographic projects about illusive, sacred, and unusual pockets of the Californian landscape. His critically acclaimed book with author Erik Davis, "The Visionary State: A Journey thorough California's Spiritual Landscape" was published by Chronicle Books. Michael exhibits his work internationally and has work in numerous public collections, including the permanent collection of the SFMoMA and the Bancroft Library. PRINTS and a COLLECTOR'S EDITION of each project in a boxed, signed, limited edition fine art book are available from the artist: firstname.lastname@example.org Michael offers his artist book projects thorough Blurb at cost. The prices are Blurb's prices for best cover, paper quality and design free of corporate branding.