“Fire Stories” Exhibit
April 23 - June 14
NEW PERSPECTIVES FROM OLD PHOTOGRAPHS
Fire Stories is a historic and contemporary exploration of wildfire in Northwest landscapes. A collection of 1930s panoramic photographs from fire lookout sites paired with modern replicates provides unique perspective. As humans our relationship with fire is tangled with how we live on the land and use its resources. Native Americans had long learned to live with fire and made it useful. European settlement brought a different sensibility and the tools and organization to control fire. Little did we know that fire is essential to the function of nature, and in attempting to eliminate fire, we have brought worse fire on to ourselves. How does nature live with fire, and how can we? In this unprecedented time of climate change these are questions we cannot afford to ignore. This exhibit will provide some answers and stimulate more thought and discussion.