Sarah Catherine Craig

Documentary Photographer & Radio Journalist
A Home Without Water
Location: California + Montana
Nationality: USA
Biography: Sarah Craig is a documentary photographer and multimedia storyteller based in Oakland, CA. A native of Bozeman, MT, she left the mountainous West to attend Vassar College on the East Coast, where she completed a B.A. in Geography. She attended... read on
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A Home Without Water
Credits: sarah catherine craig
Date of Work: 08/01/15 - Ongoing
Updated: 05/25/18
Location: Tulare, CA
After several months without a home, Hilda Garcia found a trailer to move into with her husband and daughter in a tiny community in California known as Okieville -- but the trailer's well was dry and there was no running water. Hilda and her husband currently suffer from several health problems and the intense summer heat coupled with no running water makes life almost impossible. Thousands of wells have gone dry in California's Central Valley owning to the state's five-year-long drought. With water as an increasingly scarce resource in the Valley, resident's like the Garcia's face an uncertain future.

This photo essay is part of Dreams of Dust, a long-term documentary project. Dreams of Dust is about a present-day climate migration as people begin to move away from their homes due to the California drought. Dreams of Dust looks at the reasons why communities in California's Central Valley have had an inadequate or unstable water source for decades, how the drought is leading to further instability and migration within and out of the Valley, and what will happen in the future if the area continues to become drier and drier – as is predicted in years to come.  
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