Superimposition: Pine Gulch Fire

from: Wildfires in My Landscape, 2021

Animated Photography

I superimposed a found image documenting a recent wildfire in Colorado 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 documented 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 live, areas which so far, have not been directly impacted by the increase in wildfires resulting from climate change.

Wildfire Details:

  • Name: Pine Gulch Fire, CO
  • Date Fire Started: July 31, 2020
  • Location: North of Grand Junction, CO
  • Details: the largest wildfire in Colorado history, burned approx. 139,007 acres of public and private lands, forcing evacuations.

Source of Photograph Documenting CO Fire: Grand Junction Field Office, Bureau of Land Management; Inciweb, https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/COGRD/2020-08-02-0932-Pine-Gulch-Fire/medium/2020_08_05-23.42.35.243-CDT.jpeg

Location of Ontario photograph: East of Palmerston, ON