Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

I don't get to write as much because of work, but it was a pleasure to do the interviews and to discover this hidden subculture of cacti right in Los Angeles!

Text: Carren Jao
Edited by: Carla Pineda
Published: 25 August 2017, KCET

Joël Lodé has almost died six to seven times in search of his Holy Grail, a cactus of one kind or another. An author who lives in Spain, Lodé once baked under the cruel summer sun of the Mojave Desert, suffering from a severe heatstroke with only a crude help sign on his bicycle indicating his desperate need for help. Another time, Lodé became perhaps the only tourist to Yemen at the height of a civil war to photograph a plant. His return trip home included braving a sniper-lined city, departing a barricaded airport and listening to the sound of artillery fire. [read more


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