By Jack Williams
This brave photographer is not scared to get a little hot under the collar, travelling across California to capture some of the state’s deadliest wildfires.
Jeff Frost recently released a selection of his best work from 2017, footage and images that showcase the destructive power of such natural disasters.
The 39-year-old’s time-lapse footage shows raging fires dazzling their way across natural woodland; drones capturing the rubble of what were once family homes.
Through his images, Jeff displays not only dark scenes of what’s left behind, but also wildfires as they are in full force.
The photographer, from near Joshua Tree, Southern California, said: “When a fire starts I drop everything I’m doing and head towards it immediately.
“Sometimes I drive all day and shoot all night.
“At this stage I’ve been working on a contemporary art film, California on Fire, for the last four years.
“What I choose to shoot is now based on the gaps left in the rough editing of the film.”
Jeff’s art film, California on Fire, is estimated to be completed in 2018, and rather than a documentary, it will be broken down into five chapters.
The film, Jeff said, will depict one of the effects of climate change through the use of time lapse photography, slow motion video, and drones.
The photographer has been extremely busy over the past six months: This year many multi-million dollar homes and mansions burned along with 16 wineries and many middle class city blocks in a series of fires that are now the most destructive in California State history, Jeff said.
At last tally, the destruction came to 8,900 structures, 275,000 acres and 41 dead people as a result of the Central LNU Complex in October, he added.
Jeff said: “There are many aspects to be depicted in this work; it is multifaceted, but in recent years the urban wildfire interface has received intense focus.
“The depiction of fire dancing through the suburbs or reducing a familiar fast food restaurant to a pile of ash and rubble connects the viewer to the power of weather.
“The subtext is: ‘This is not just in the mountains.'”