Disaster Cruisin’

The human drive to the dark can be expressed in many forms. The most modern one is called „disaster tourism.” It is a new-born term that describes the act of traveling to a disaster area as a matter of curiosity. The most important part of the phrase is tourism itself — it’s not a travel, a purposeful journey, yet it can become.

There is a common belief that disasters are a consequence of inappropriately managed risk. Disaster can also come naturally — and become the natural disaster. 2018 was the year of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires ever recorded in California. Eight thousand five hundred twenty-seven fires in total burned an area of 766,439 ha, causing damages of total worth $3.5 billion. Today, this extensive barren land resembles a burial ground. The only traces of life are the traces of the catastrophe - burned cars, mailboxes, and chimneys are the only signs of homes that once stood there.

All photos taken with medium format Fuji GFX50r, thanks to Fuji Film Poland.

text by Patrycja Krekora

Self portrait, Malibu, CA

Yosemite National Park

Sunset in Malibu
Paradise, CA

Malibu, CA

Paradise, CA

Paradise Viewpoint

Selfprotrait, Drive-inn Broadway Motel

View from the motel

Paradise, CA

Malibu, CA

Motel 6, bathroom heating

Red fire retardant, Yosemite National Park, CA.

Burned Malibu Hills

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