One Year Later: The Griffith Park Fire Aftermath Show
It has been almost a year since the massive Griffith Park fire. In a short time, the blaze ripped through Los Angeles' beloved outdoor space, charring 800 acres and destroying popular spots such as the bird sanctuary and Dante's View.
After the fire settled, the now 33-year-old photographer Colin Brown took a walk with his dog and photographed what he saw. The images are haunting, sad and unexpected. Beginning Saturday night, his photos will be shown in "Aftermath: The Griffith Park Fire" at the DRKRM Gallery. The exhibit runs through May 18th, but at Saturday's opening from 7 to 10 p.m., people can meet Brown and also enter a raffle that will benefit Northeast Trees, a partner in planting trees around Los Angeles and Griffith Park (prizes are Greek Amphitheater tickets). A portion of each photograph sale will also be donated to the organization.
LAist: What were you thinking as you walked around taking photos?
Colin Brown: Just a few days after the fire, I entered Griffith Park. Overhead, helicopters fluttered and on the ground lay a blanket of ash, thick and white like snow. The park was polarized by the fire -- everything was either black or white. What led me to the canyon where I found the animals, aside from the awful stench, were the ravens...hundreds of ravens cawing so loudly that it sounded like a party. But it was a feast; in their beaks were tufts of fur. I saw a coyote guarding the body of her mate. When I look through my camera lens I often become detached, but the coyote made me feel like I was shooting a funeral.
I felt guilty and kept going deeper into the canyon. That was when I saw the deer, hanging by its antlers from the branch of a tree.