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Shooting Portraits of Sonoma County Wildfire Victims

Posted On: May 17, 2018   |   Posted By: Peta Pixel

Shooting Portraits of Sonoma County Wildfire Victims

About six months ago, I created a portrait series titled Ashes Fell Like Snow , photographing people affected by the Northern California wildfires and gathering their stories to share with the world. Creating this collection of portraits required much effort in a short span of time.
The evening of October 8th, 2017, a blaze started in the city of Calistoga in Napa, CA. It headed towards the city of Santa Rosa, fanned by strong Diablo winds. By the time the last of the flames were extinguished, the Tubbs fire, as it came to be known, burned down over 5600 structures, or five percent of housing in the city.
It's become the costliest wildfire in California history. A couple of weeks after the start of the fire, I traveled to Santa Rosa with the plan of photographing the people affected and collecting their stories. I knew once the fires were out, the reporters would pack their cameras and move on, as would the public. But given the level of destruction and the fact that many lost everything they had, the people...

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