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Issue No. 16 - Chaos

REVIEW: Palm Springs > The Good Life Goes On by Nancy Baron

By Jenna Mercadante

Welcome to Palm Springs.

©Courtesy of Nancy Baron 

©Courtesy of Nancy Baron 

The first image in Nancy Baron’s second monograph embodies everything one thinks of when imagining California — palm trees, desert landscapes with mountains that can be seen in the distance, all against a bright blue cloudless sky. 

The book reveals an exciting perspective into a city so fantastical it’s hard to believe it really exists. Described perfectly by Alexa Dilworth in the foreword, “each photograph is infused with a spirit of dreaming”. Palm Springs is a place where the colors are vibrant, everything seems crisp and sunny and nature and architecture coexist together in a unique way.

House of Many Velvets Everything in this home, down to the matches, remains the same as the year it was built in 1969. ©Image and caption courtesy of Nancy Baron

House of Many Velvets
Everything in this home, down to the matches, remains the same as the year it was built in 1969.
©Image and caption courtesy of Nancy Baron

Airstream Sunset Whether in an architectural masterpiece or a trailer, anyone has access to The Good Life in Palm Springs ©Image and caption courtesy of Nancy Baron

Airstream Sunset
Whether in an architectural masterpiece or a trailer, anyone has access to The Good Life in Palm Springs
©Image and caption courtesy of Nancy Baron

Kali’s Leopard Dress There is a comfort in maintaining the lifestyle of a time in US history that has taken on a warm glow in the rear view mirror. ©Image and caption courtesy of Nancy Baron

Kali’s Leopard Dress
There is a comfort in maintaining the lifestyle of a time in US history that has taken on a warm glow in the rear view mirror.
©Image and caption courtesy of Nancy Baron

The idea of home is prevalent with plastic lounge chairs by the backyard pool, the lawn sprinkled with garden gnomes and classic cars parked out front. Baron boasts California as the American Dream. Then she takes viewers inside these homes, where furniture and design elements stand out in color and structure.

Poolside Cigar A sun worshipper smokes a cigar while bathing in the warm afternoon sun after a dip in the pool. ©Image and caption courtesy of Nancy Baron

Poolside Cigar
A sun worshipper smokes a cigar while bathing in the warm afternoon sun after a dip in the pool.
©Image and caption courtesy of Nancy Baron

Edris With a View A view from the quietly elegant (Designated Class One Historic) Edris House, designed by architect E. Stewart Williams, and a classic example of mid century modern design. ©Image and caption courtesy of Nancy Baron

Edris With a View
A view from the quietly elegant (Designated Class One Historic) Edris House, designed by architect E. Stewart Williams, and a classic example of mid century modern design.
©Image and caption courtesy of Nancy Baron

Desert Dogs All creatures can enjoy the beautiful Palm Springs lifestyle. ©Image and caption courtesy of Nancy Baron

Desert Dogs
All creatures can enjoy the beautiful Palm Springs lifestyle.
©Image and caption courtesy of Nancy Baron

I’m particularly drawn to a series of houses. They are white, one story; their brightly colored doors are in shades of green, orange, pink and blue. Behind them, almost like they are sitting right on the rooftops, are the mountains and palm trees synonymous with California, juxtaposed to create a collage-like feel.

Piazza de Liberace This is one of several homes that Liberace owned in Palm Springs. During Modernism Week, vintage cars are often parked in front of matching houses that are featured on home tours. ©Image and caption courtesy of Nancy Baron

Piazza de Liberace
This is one of several homes that Liberace owned in Palm Springs. During Modernism Week, vintage cars are often parked in front of matching houses that are featured on home tours.
©Image and caption courtesy of Nancy Baron

You can see more works by the artist and purchase the book by clicking the link: www.nancybaron.com

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