These photographs were first made near Lake Arrowhead, California, two weeks after the fire was contained in 2007. The Green Valley Mountain was vacant; the area was empty of a human presence, empty of hope. The vital scent of smoke was haunting.

While capturing the ephemeral disaster of the fire, I was compelled to share the life that remained in the objects left behind. The display of inanimate objects with human-like characteristics came alive during the conception of these photographs. The photographs represent portraits of people in a time of desolation. The person who once drove the car now leaning against the tree, the father that used the hose to water his garden, what is missing becomes the subject and the context of the image.

These objects represent a history that wants to be forgotten, a history that is still to close to the present time. As I return every year to continue documenting the revitalization of the land and community, I notice a gradual space that is created from the haunting past. My objective is to document the moments within this space.