As global temperatures rise, this work is my response to the unprecedented increase in the extremity of wildfires around the world. Since the start of 2020 I have travelled to Australia, Greece, Canada and the USA to document the aftermath of fires that had destroyed homes, killed numerous people and burnt millions acres of land. All these areas had experienced some of their highest temperatures ever recorded, precipitating these infernos. One of my subjects described fleeing from “a fire-breathing monster, spitting flames everywhere”.
I choose not to document the burning flames, but rather to seek out their aftermath, the traces left behind on lives and landscapes.
This series is made across different communities around the world. Framed by the skeletons of their burnt homes my subjects pause and engage the camera inviting us to engage with the scorched world that surrounds them. To quote Sharyn Wotton, who I photographed in Australia: “We’ve pissed Mother Nature off big time, and she’s paying us back”
Rhonda Rossbach, Derek Briemand and Autumn Briemand
Sheriff Todd Johns
Greenville Sheriff Department and prison
Father Ioannis Siaflekis
Agion Taxiarchon Church
The Montagner Family (Fina, Anthony, Christian and Dylan)
New South Wales
Australia January 18/2020