Forest fires are an annual drama that affects everyone in Portugal, directly or not. The photographic book Black Forest invites all to act.
With Black Forest, the aim is not only to pay a tribute to everyone fighting forest fires, specially fire fighters, but also to focus public attention on this catastrophe.
Black Forest was produced during the Portuguese fire season – according to the European Commission, half of the forest fires that happen within all the 28 EU member states occur in Portugal (2013 data), the smallest Mediterranean country in Europe. It is a tragedy of epic proportions on a steep rise since 2004.
This is a conceptual exercise, far from the news coverage style of photography, far from the burning flames show. In a way, the final result is an hymn to nature – it is a conceptual piece of work where carbonized plants and trees share their agonizing death with us; a silent, long and painful post-mortem requiem that can only be sung by nature, rarely understood by humans.
In these photographs there is no scale, but the scale of Nature, the scale of extinction.