Regeneration

We are lucky enough to have a helicopter pilot on our team, Brian's oldest son, Aaron.  We went back out to the Whittier burn to capture some of the oak valley from the air, as there was just too much tree to capture from the ground.  This shot gives a perspective of scale, the branches incinerated into piles of ash in the shape of the fallen trees.  Our minds were blown with how beautiful and poignant the landscape was.  We shot lots of footage with the drone and are excited to keep documenting this temporary phenomenon before the rains begin to wash the ash impressions away and into the soil. 

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California Fires

We have been tracking the fires in California and how they relate to the drought and climate change.  The Whittier fire burned in a valley with many old oak trees, leaving behind ash skeletons that reminded us of crime scenes and certainly had the quiet hush of a graveyard.  This is Brian with the 4 x 5 kneeling before a magnificent oak that survived with just charred leaves on the underside of it's crown. 

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Photographing Trees (and Amir Khan) in India

Last summer after the residency we traveled from the southernmost tip of India in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadir - where the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal all come together and where some of Ghandi's ashes were spread - up the Western Coast, making stops at Amma's Amritapuri Ashram, Fort Cochin, a Dutch fishing town where the Kochi Muziris Biennale is held every year, attracting art collectors and museum directors from around the globe.  We passed through Mumbai long enough to visit a Bollywood film set where we were hosted by the memorable actor and humanitarian Amir Khan, onward through Rajasthan, Agra and New Delhi.  India was overwhelming, magical and filled with faith, ritual, danger and beauty and has forever changed us.  We also learned more about climate change issues and that the drought we have been so consumed with in California is also happening on a global scale.

Brian made this image in a tranquil moment of a harrowing 90 MPH road trip from Jodhpur to Jaipur somewhere near the camel town of Pushkar in Rajasthan.  Trees are often sites for Puja, or worship in India and in the most surprising and remote places we found elaborate altars either inside the tree or at the base.