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The Forage From Fire series includes images of objects rescued from the home and studio of photographer Norma I. Quintana. On October 8, 2017, the Atlas Peak Fire roared through their neighborhood, burning their home to the ground. Days after the smoke cleared, Quintana’s documentarian instincts kicked in and she started making work with remnants she salvaged from the ashes.

“I have an innate and unquenchable desire to collect things. Not because I want to posses them, but because I want to celebrate the wonderment of them. It’s not the owning, it’s the knowing, that motivates me."

Framed by the black plastic gloves issued for fire clean-up, the sequence of images include jewelry, camera bodies, Christmas ornaments, pendants, doll parts, kitchen tools and picture frames. More than documenting a loss, her new project provided inspiration to others recovering from trauma and put life into perspective.

An exhibition of this series will be held October 4 - 20, 2018 at SF Camerawork. Opening Reception: Thursday October 4, 6 - 8pm.


All images are copyrighted © Norma I. Quintana.