Monday, December 14, 2009

Jane Fulton Alt

The Burn series evolved from my ongoing interest in life cycles. Controlled burns imitate naturally occurring fires by removing accumulated dead vegetation and releasing seeds from dormancy. By opening the woodlands to more sunlight, the fires prepare the soil for new spring growth, and the cycle of renewal continues.

While accompanying restoration ecologists on prescribed prairie burns, I am drawn to the ephemeral quality of a single moment when life and death do not seem opposed to each other, but are parts of a single process to be accepted as a whole.
while these images are incredibly beautiful, i also find them interesting for conceptual reasons as i, too, study fire and burning for the same reasons as she...see more of this series here and also check out her other very moving photographic series' (especially katrina) here.

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