Smoke Storm

Name: Zoe Gardner
Department at BriarPatch: Grocery Department
Medium: Photography

“I moved to Nevada County in my childhood and have spent a portion of my adult years living in northern Arizona and southeast Alaska before returning home to Nevada County. I am a photographer and my main focus is self-portraiture and boudoir styled shoots. I prefer to use natural lighting whenever possible focusing on the play and pattern of shadows and light surrounding the subject of the photo. The majority of my influences come from the art nouveau era and a romantic vintage vibe.”

“This photo was captured during the Berry Fire last year in August 2020 from my backyard in Nevada County. A massive purple expanse of smoke stretched through miles of sky reaching through to the county and the surrounding areas. The smoke cloud was an ominous sign of the destruction the wildfire had already caused and a threat for further devastation. I chose to edit this photo into B&W to simulate the experience of being in a darkened tunnel with a glimpse of light at the end. A visual representation of the emotions brought up in living through the most devastating fire seasons in Northern California to date and the thin hope for an early fall with heavy rains.”

For more information about this piece, email gallery@briarpatch.coop