I am captivated by the sight of fire; the speed of its trip through
the landscape, its dance through plants and trees, the swirling
white wraiths it leaves behind resembling morning fog.
The Ancients celebrated the mystery of fire: while it destroys,
it replenishes; where it burns, plants flourish. Today fire in controlled
burns enhances land management, reducing invasive species and nurturing
The first meadow burn I photographed was my own six acre prairie
restoration. Since then, for the past four years it has been my
privilege to accompany highly trained 'burn teams' as they worked
in Midwestern fields, prairies and upland forests. We forged an
understanding that as long as I wouldn't get in their way they'd
allow me to stand in the thick of things, lugging my tripod and
large 6X17cm panorama, creating images of fire in unpeopled landscapes.
I have developed hands-in-the-dirt closeness to prairie and combined
it with more than thirty years experience behind the lens and in
the darkroom. As an artist I am nourished by fire and the land.