Add one more to the list of reasons why I love photographing Border Field State Park: It’s so visually intriguing. It’s hard not to come away with an interesting photograph there, whether peering through the fence into Mexico, zeroing in on the people who meet there or simply watching the fence trickle into the Pacific Ocean.

The latter point is the focus of today’s photographs, both made during a trip to the park in December. The fence ends on the sand, which means anyone can walk across during low tide. (They’ll be met, of course, by the Border Patrol agents always on patrol there.) I like the black-and-white image above if only because it helps highlight just how narrow the actual border itself is — it really is just a small line, even if what it represents radiates outward. I like the color image, which will close my three-day profile of Border Field, just because it’s a pretty picture. Those are the Coronado Islands out there.


Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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