Fighting fire with fire

 

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Although they sometimes conflict, my art photography has been greatly influenced by journalism.

Not only because journalism is the center of my career, but because so many of the photographers who have influenced me are photojournalists. Mostly, that’s been a good thing.

In the days when I shot black-and-white film with a Pentax K1000 and did the developing and printing myself, I learned from my visual colleagues the importance of telling a story – simply, clearly, in a single image.

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The principles they taught me about composition and lighting are still in my head and my trigger finger.

This sequence of photos was shot in the Chattahoochee National Forest during a prescribed burn earlier this month.

What I tried to capture, besides the basic visuals of the fire, was the calmness with which it happened. Thousands of acres burned without unintended loss to life or property.

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