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Challenge: Vintage & Veteran Vehicles II (ARCHIVAL) (Standard Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
Lens: Olympus 12-100mm f/4.0 M.Zuiko ED IS PRO
Location: Salton Sea, California
Date: Dec 28, 2020
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1600
Galleries: Vintage, Rural
Date Uploaded: Sep 14, 2021

This truck is a part of a very unusual, umm, I don't know how to exactly call it, art installation or a shrine called "Salvation mountain". It was created and maintained for more than 30 years by late Leonard Knight, a local resident. Here is an excerpt from its official website:
Salvation Mountain is located in the lower desert of Southern California in Imperial County just east of the Salton Sea and about a hour and a half from Palm Springs. Salvation Mountain is Leonard's tribute to God and his gift to the world with its simple yet powerful message: "God Is Love." Leonard's passion has lovingly created this brilliant "outsider art " masterpiece resplendent with not only biblical and religious scripture such as the Lord's Prayer, John 3:16, and the Sinner's Prayer, but also including flowers, trees, waterfalls, suns, bluebirds, and many other fascinating and colorful objects. Salvation Mountain must be seen to be fully appreciated as those who have made the journey will attest. Its 50 foot height and 150 foot breadth is made totally of local adobe clay and donated paint and is truly unique in the United States and probably the world. From its Sea of Galilee at the bottom, to the big red heart in the middle, to the cross at the very top, the reoccurring theme of "Love" is everywhere at Salvation Mountain.

I already entered a shot of the interior of this truck in one of the earlier challenges
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Hmm, never expected it to end up at the top... Thank you, a nice surprize!

Place: 1 out of 41
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10/02/2021 11:43:20 AM
wonderful image! love the light and the story. the clouds are great here
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09/30/2021 10:09:08 PM
Congrats, Lev! I was there a couple years earlier.
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09/30/2021 02:55:17 AM
the light is fantastic ..
and i've gotta say .. when a challenge rolls over if i dont see a photo of yours in the top 5 .. at least .. there's a high probability that you didnt enter the challenge . !! ..
anyway . many congratulations on the blue for this .
its a very appealing image .. especially with those dramatic clouds . :)
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09/29/2021 10:13:59 AM
A great piece of Americana that you captured beautifully. Light and tonality is superb, same for a relaxed and amiable composition
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09/29/2021 08:37:15 AM
You're even better than you think!
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09/29/2021 08:14:26 AM
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09/29/2021 07:47:48 AM
This is a very unusual but cool looking truck.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/27/2021 11:31:41 AM
In my top three.
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