smoke and ash loops

2020, variable runtime, cyanotype, glue, and ash on 16mm film

The short film loops digitized and played through once each here are physical records of the Bobcat Fire of September 2020 that burned over 100,000 acres in the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles. I created the film strips in Pasadena between September 8 & 14. The cyanotype loops were made with the smoke that filled the air, ash that fell at my apartment, whatever sunlight made it through the thick smoke, and tap water. The non-photographic loops were made by applying glue to clear film leader and placing them outside in smoky conditions to catch falling ash and other material in the air.