In order to bring awareness to the water shortage in California, Vogue.com sent aerial photographer George Steinmetz to document the Owens Valley—which was the inspiration for Chinatown and is now in the throes of severe drought—from above. The images are at once dramatic and stunningly beautiful. Watch above, and then watch your water waste.
Read more about the subject in The West Without Water by B. Lynn Ingram and Frances Malamud-Roam.
Have you experienced a drought before? How did you cut back on water usage in your lifestyle?