Siren Song is a body of work that centres on the desert landscape of California’s Salton Sea. What draws me back to this environment, again and again, is the silence, desolation, and isolation of this place that seems to be suspended in time. Town streets give the illusory impression of being uninhabited. The emptiness generates the paradoxical sensation of a full presence.
Despite standing in the inescapable here and now of the California desert, I often feel that I am not quite in the past, the present, or the future. I am caught between worlds. I reach out amidst this realm of shadows, souls, stillness, and loss, to touch the corporeal. The Salton Sea summons my ghosts. It is my siren song.
Tamar Granovsky is a Boston-based photographer. In 2018 she was named one of LensCulture’s
Top 50 Emerging Talents. She has been included in various juried group exhibitions including the 5th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography in Barcelona, Photography Now 2017 at the Center for Photography in Woodstock, and the 22nd Juried Show: Peter Urban Legacy Exhibition at the Griffin Museum.
Prior to her career as a photographer Tamar had several solo and group exhibitions in mixed media sculpture installation in Canada and was a recipient of a Canada Council Exploration Program Grant. For fifteen years Tamar worked as the Head Archivist at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory.
Her great love for photography has to do with the reflective, evocative, and grounding properties of the medium.