Simi Dabah Sculpture Garden in Joshua Tree

I always love discovering new places, especially in my beloved desert. A few weeks ago I participated in a photography workshop in Joshua Tree National Park. As part of the workshop we detoured to a sculpture garden near Joshua Tree to play with different colors, black and white, lines and forms, structures, and perspectives. This is one of my favorite photos that I took:

simi dabah sculpture garden in joshua tree

It may not look like much to you. But I love it. 

I took the photo in color, but didn’t like the way it came out. It was bland. After I switched to black and white, I was amazed at how the sculptures in the background disappeared into lines and the sculpture in the foreground frames everything.

Simi Dabah Sculpture Garden

If you like urban art, the desert, or just playing around with your camera, head over to Simi Dabah Sculpture Garden in Joshua Tree. Simi Dabah is a self taught artist and welder and creates sculptures out of steel. There are about 600 sculptures in Simi Dabah’s sculpture garden in Joshua Tree. He also has a studio in Los Angeles.


As I played with different perspectives in the sculpture garden, I really got to like my camera (and the lens I borrowed).

Lines and structures

I was amazed at how some photos just worked out being over- and underexposed. Maybe it’s beginner’s luck, but I couldn’t get enough of clean lines and structures.


I am looking to go back there some time this fall.

If you like desert art and head to see the sculpture garden, I also recommend that you go and visit the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Museum. It’s only a few miles down the road.



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