Monday, November 3, 2014

Engines and Fire

One of the purposes of my current project is to act as a reminder that fire, as we normally think of it, the open flames that helped transform early hominids into modern human beings, is not essentially any different from the hidden flame that fuels our cars and lights our homes. Fossil fuels are nothing more than ancient forests that grew more than 300 million years ago in the carboniferous period, transformed over vast eons of time into coal and oil. Burning this ancient fuel is now altering our climate. One ironic result of this change is an increase in wild fires in the west. Fire begets fire in more ways than we knew.

So I thought it would be interesting to look at individual pieces paired together from my two series of images: fires and engines.