About Terra Flamma:
(all books are hand signed by photographer Stuart Palley)
Wildfires at Night is a five-year project documenting wildfires at night as the most acute effect of drought and climate change in California. By photographing at night Palley utilizes the ever-changing natural light source of flame to light scenes, putting each fire in it’s geographic context. The locations of blazes range from urban Los Angeles on the edge of the Angeles National Forest to remote campaign fires in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, to the Mexican border in San Diego, to the towering pines of the Shasta Trinity National Forest in far Northern California. The project originated as a response to typical coverage of fires, which treated the fires as a breaking news event, each time, rather than the trend of larger and more destructive wildfires each year. Additionally Stuart seeks to highlight the work of wildland firefighters on the front lines of climate change and to share their story with the general public. Terra Flamma features over 100 images of wildfires at night from 45 wildfires in California, including major campaign fires up until the 2017 Thomas Fire. After receiving formal wildland fire training. Palley continues to photograph fires and recently was awarded a contract with the US Forest Service to document wildfires for the agency over the next 5 years as a call when needed incident photographer.