Fire chaser: Timelapse project captures the power and unimagined beauty of destructive California wildfires
A brave photographer has gotten extremely hot under the collar – by shooting timelapses of raging wildfires.
Jeff Frost captured mind-blowing photographs and video of the rolling blazes, which can be seen igniting the California countryside.
As part of a stunning project named Fire Chasers, Jeff’s images show the widespread devastation caused by wildfires every year.
In the footage, blazes can be seen making their way over the California hills, while the pictures show a vibrant glow that lights up the starlit sky for miles around.
The 37-year-old photographer-videographer has been shooting the project since the summer of 2014 and estimates that he has travelled to around 25 wildfires so far.
He said: “As each year gets hotter and fire season in the state continues to expand, I have become increasingly concerned about our continued existence on this planet.
“Unfortunately people rarely react to anything unless it’s right in front of them so the idea started forming several years ago to do a project that put fires right in people’s faces.
“I wanted to show what we are up against right now, let alone down the road when global warming intensifies heat and drought which will further exacerbate wildfires.”
On his shoots, Jeff travels with California’s brave firefighters, allowing him to get right into the heart of the action.
The photographer said that the firefighters were extremely receptive to his work – something they hoped would raise awareness for the work they do on a daily basis, as well as the environment.
In 2015 alone around nine million acres of land in the American west went up in flames due to wildfires.
Jeff began the project as a self-funded, self-directed art film, which he entitled ‘Fire Chasers: California on Fire.’
Since releasing the short art film, though, he has been approached about turning the images into a book and the film into a feature-length documentary.
He added: “All of the firefighters, captains and chiefs I’ve spoken to have expressed appreciation for those of us who are out there showing what they, as well as the environment, are going through.
“This year I will be collaborating directly with CalFire (California’s firefighting agency) who will be granting unprecedented access to their firefighting efforts.
“The film’s purpose is to bring awareness to the effect that global warming is having on drought and fire as well as firefighting efforts.”