Aftermath The Griffith Park Fire Photographs by Colin Remas Brown drkrm gallery May 8, 2007 over eight hundred acres of the nation's largest urban park burned out of control. Two days later Colin Remas Brown entered the park. He was completly unprepaired for w at he wouldrkrm gallery May 3-18, 2008 drkrm gallery darkrooallery 2121 N. SarnandoRoad #3 Ls Angeles CA 90065 323-223-6867 Hours Tues-Sat 11am-5pm darkroom


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COLIN REMAS BROWN Griffith Park May 2007
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On May 8, 2007 a major wildfire broke out in Griffith Park and, over the course of that afternoon and evening, spread rapidly. Before containment, the fire consumed over 800 acres of the 4,200-acre park. Just days after the fire, photographer Colin Remas Brown documented its effects. Where he expected to find only scorched trees and hills, he discovered instead the true victims of the blaze: the native wildlife. During the fire, worries about damage to our neighbor’s homes and the possible destruction of such landmarks as the Griffith Observatory trumped all other concerns. Who wondered if the reptiles went deep enough into the dry, parched ground to survive? How far do you think the squirrels, coyote and deer got? How many birds flew off in the middle of the night?

Brown’s photographs unveil the incalculable losses suffered from a wildfire and what we stand to lose in a future disaster. These photos fascinate and enlighten. They also repel, shock and sadden, for they expose a pitiful and grotesque tragedy, one that would have remained invisible had Brown not ventured into the park that day. But life does go on. “The last day I was there,” says Brown, “there were green sprouts pushing through the blackened soil everywhere.”

Colin Brown graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in photography in 1997. For the past 10 years he has been a member of IATSE Local 600 International Cinematographers Guild.

drkrm. gallery is pleased to present these photographs in an exhibition commemorating the one-year anniversary of this disaster.