Superimposition: Birdseye Fire

from: Wildfires in My Landscape, 2021

Animated Photography

I superimposed a found image documenting a recent wildfire in Montana onto a recent photograph I took in rural Ontario, CAN. The animation unfolds over an extended period of time to convey as a premonition, situating the fire as though it is in Ontario’s landscape.

I often think, as I read the news about wildfires elsewhere – that similarly destructive and devastating fires could easily happen in areas where I or my loved ones reside, areas which so far, have not been directly impacted by the increase in wildfires resulting from climate change.

Created for an exhibition at Ryniker-Morrison Gallery at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT.

Wildfire Details:

  • Name: Birdseye Fire
  • Date Fire Started: Sept 2, 2020
  • Location: West Helena Valley, MT
  • Details: Burned approx. 800 acres of grasslands in an hour and a half, triggering evacuations

Source of Photograph Documenting MT Fire: Thom Bridge, photojournalist with the Independent Record; used with permission;

Location of Ontario Photograph: East of Palmerston, ON off Wellington Road 123