After 5 days of living under a blanket of forest fire smoke, the headaches, drowsiness, and existential dread became too much. When the tide was just right, I took my gas mask, and my most depressing clothes, and walked out to the end of the breakwater, which acts as a sort of stage for the surrounding beach side community. When faced with imminent disaster, a very human coping strategy is to act in some way, regardless of how effective it will be. Climate change is at the root of the increased forest fire activity, and burning trees increases greenhouse gases; a negative feedback loop that we have already begun. With climate change, comes a rise in sea levels. I chose to stand in this spot, as a reminder of why the smoke is here, and a warning of what is to come.
Forest Fire Smoke, 3pm, An Otherwise Sunny Day, 2018
Using footage of water (ocean and streams) that I have shot over the years, I wanted to create a short video that was paradoxical to the environments from which the images were collected. Catering to the attention span of today’s ADD culture, I have condensed these various water clips into short spurts, and combined with vivid colors, to turn something so ethereal and timeless, into a manic slurry of pop eye candy.