Catching Fire – Part II

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Catching Fire – a beautiful yet dangerous subject, unpredictable and temperamental, photographing fire should always be approached with caution. When our editors at Nature Conservancy called asking us to shoot the ecosystem of wildfires and fire prevention in Arizona, we couldn’t say no. At that moment in February we had no idea the assignment would take us twice to the southwest, photographing all over the state, in blizzards and controlled burn fires. From loggers to scientists, firefighters to the homeowners they protect; we had the unique opportunity to meet and photograph people from all walks of life who have been affected by the climate of fire in which they live. It was truly a wild ride.

The second part of our story took place months later, when Chris traveled back to Arizona to shoot the real thing – Fire. As winter transitioned to spring in the Southwest, the snowfall of our previous adventure faded and fire season began. We knew that with warmer and drier weather developing, forest operations would begin and our chances of capturing a controlled burn would increase. Ultimately, our success in capturing a controlled burn depended on factors beyond our control – wind, weather, temperature – we were again at the mercy of Mother Nature to make the photos we needed. So what did we do? We hopped on a plane back to Arizona with our fingers crossed. Keep reading to see how our second adventure panned out… (more…)

Catching Fire – Part I

chris crisman nature conservancy arizona forest fire

Catching Fire – a beautiful yet dangerous subject, unpredictable and temperamental, photographing fire should always be approached with caution. When our editors at Nature Conservancy called asking us to shoot the ecosystem of wildfires and fire prevention in Arizona, we couldn’t say no. At that moment in February we had no idea the assignment would take us twice to the southwest, photographing all over the state, in blizzards and controlled burn fires. From loggers to scientists, firefighters to the homeowners they protect; we had the unique opportunity to meet and photograph people from all walks of life who have been affected by the climate of fire in which they live. It was truly a wild ride.

Since there’s so much to share in this story, we’re splitting up our coverage into two parts that represent our two trips to Arizona. Part I will cover our first trip in February of 2013 – a race against mother nature, a freak snowstorm, and few hikes through snow-covered mountains. As always, no matter the circumstance we did what we do best, we made photos. Keep reading to see more…

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