I have been documenting the devastation from the Rim Fire for the past year, revisiting the burn areas at various times of the year, photographing the changes to the areas over time. The digital images I have captured are converted to digital negatives and then printed as platinum/ palladium/ gold split toned kallitype prints. Many of these images are further enhanced by either burning the prints (yes, I do mean lighting them on fire) or placing ash encrusted shoe prints over the surface of the prints, bringing a powerful emotional connection to the visual scars seen in the prints.
This past Thursday I made my fifth trip to the area of the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest. Most of the severely damaged areas are still closed to the public, but I was able to visit one area I had not photographed before. I also revisited an area of some of the worst devastation to find much of the area has been logged off. This has created another level of destruction and scarring to the landscape. Two of the trees that I have photographed on each of my previous visits, and made a spiritual connection to, are still standing but I don't know for how much longer they will be there. However, there was also evidence of re-birth occurring, bracken ferns emerging as well as Mountain Misery growing and blooming amongst the scarred and burned trees. This was an emotional trip, almost as powerful as the first time I saw the destruction a year ago.
The following images have been converted to black and white in preparation of creating the digital negatives prior to printing as kallitypes.