The Sun Sets Midafternoon

Work in progress, 2020-

Wildfires are raging across the western United States, burning up increasingly large swaths of land every year. While fire is a natural part of many ecosystems, the increasing presence of larger, faster, and hotter fires is a reminder of the rapidly changing environment. This work explores solastalgia, which describes emotional and existential distress caused by negative environmental change, generally experienced by people with lived experience closely related to the land. 

These photographs examine the immediate aftermath of megafires on surrounding communities and what the experience of local fires are like, interweaving narratives of personal struggle, climate change, and collective trauma.

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