This series of photographs are of prairie and woodland burns used to restore the area to a more natural state, and they do the same for me. The smoke washing over me and through me as I breathe it gives me a feeling of rebirth, regrowth, and hope. It reminds me of Native American rituals of cleansing with sweat lodges and the sacred art of smudging. I am exploring the ideas of destruction bringing new growth, of the cycles of life, and finding the meaning of renewal. The contradiction of fire being restorative intrigues me.
Jason Lindsey, Photographer