Aftermath: The Griffith Park Fire 05/07
Photographs by Colin Remas Brown
May 3rd - 18th, 2008
Opening Reception Saturday, May 3rd, 7-10 pm
Online press release with images:
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On May 8, 2007 a major wildfire broke out in Griffith Park and, over the course of that afternoon and evening, spread rapidly. Before it was contained, the fire had consumed over 800 acres of the 4,200-acre park. Just days after the fire, photographer Colin Remas Brown documented its effects. Where he expected to find only scorched trees and hills, what he discovered instead was an apocalyptic nightmare. “I hope my photos will reveal the true victims of the blaze: our native wild life.” During the fire our worries about damage to our neighbor’s homes and the possible destruction of such beloved landmarks as Dante's View trumped all other concerns. Did anyone wonder if the reptiles went deep enough into the dry, parched ground to survive? How far do you think the rabbits, squirrels and deer got? How many birds flew off in the middle of the night?
Brown’s photographs unveil the incalculable losses suffered from a wildfire and what we stand to lose in the future. These photos fascinate and repel, shock and sadden, for they expose a pitiful and grotesque tragedy, one that would have remained invisible had Brown not ventured into the park that day. But life does go on. “The last day I was there” says Brown, “there were green sprouts pushing through the blackened soil everywhere.”
Drkrm. presents these photographs in an exhibition commemorating the one-year anniversary of this disaster.
Colin Brown graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in photography in 1997. For the past 10 years he has been a member of IATSE Local 600 International Cinematographers Guild.
drkrm. gallery is an exhibition space dedicated to fine art and documentary photography, cutting edge and alternative photographic processes and the display and survey of popular cultural images.
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