Images of Fire
Dustin Bradford moved to Durango in 1995. He has been working as a photojournalist
for 3 years and is a senior at Fort Lewis College. “What affected
me most while photographing the Missionary Ridge fire was the humbling
responsibility of being part of the community's link to the incredible
disaster. I saw that fire destroy my playground and affect my friends,
and neighbors. Being one of the people to tell it's day-to-day story was
an unforgetable experience. I feel for the people who were powerless to
protect their lives and homes from the fire, and am honored to offer my
views of it to help them.”
Brian Capalbo is a freelance photographer living in Bayfield,CO. He is
the district photographer and a firefighter for the Upper Pine Fire Protection
I grew up in Texas and started my photography career at 16 shooting for
my high school yearbook and newspaper. I then advanced to shooting for
Reuters News Service covering many different professional sporting events.
Wanting to expand my portfolio in natural beauty, I moved to Vail Colorado
and have been fortunate to photograph this beautiful state for many publications,
magazines and advertisements. After 10 years in Vail, my family and I
moved to Durango last year. Unfortunately our house sits in the middle
of the Missionary Ridge fires in Sierra Verde Estates at Lemon Reservoir.
My Photos start from the first hours of the fire to the total devastation
of Tweens subdivision. Hope you enjoy my front row seat to this Monumental
fire of 2002.
My childhood interests were in the same things I surround myself with
today, and this led to a master's degree and work in the fields of zoology
and archaeology. Luckily, I also discovered photography, which became
another passion. These interests eventually merged and evolved into my
career as a photographer, writer and guide.My work has appeared in calendars,
posters, and numerous publications including "SIERRA", "BACKPACKER",
"WILDERNESS", "BUGLE", "WILDLIFE CONSERVATION",
"OUTDOORS", TIME/LIFE BOOKS, THE NEW YORK TIMES, and many others.
"AMONG THE ASPEN", published by Northland Press, features my
photographs along with the writing of friend and naturalist David Petersen,
and my book "ONE DRIVE IN A MILLION, published by Desert Dolphin
Press, is a guide to the San Juan Skyway of Southwest Colorado.
Nancy Richmond has been a photojournalist for the past 20 years, beginning
at a large, daily paper in New Jersey, and now working for the Herald
for the past five. She shoots stock photography for four stock agencies,
and does hand-colored black & white portraits which have been exhibited
After visiting this area several times to photograph the landscape, Ralph
Shearer moved to Durango in 1998 to take over ownership and operation
of Southern Lights Photographic. Since aquiring the business he has upgraded
the equipment to include automated film and print processors and has expanded
services, offering darkroom supplies and film intended primarily Ralph
worked with the Forest Service to document the work of its’ employees
during the fires this summer.
Photojournalist Shaun Stanley, 39 has worked for The Denver Post for 14
years, previously working for newspapers in Florida, Georgia and North
Carolina. The last two years he has been based in Durango Colorado covering
the Southwestern United States. His experience includes extensive foreign
news coverage including famine in Africa, political upheavel in the former
Soviet Union and Cuba, and social documentary work in Mexico and Europe.
This past year his work has included coverage of the war on terror from
the flight deck of the USS Enterprise, Eygpt, Israel to the West Bank
and Gaza. He and his wife Kelli were evacuated from their home during
the Valley fire.
Brett moved to Durango in 1993. A old camera given to him by his mother
after college provided him with a new passion and ultimately, a profession.
A member of the team at Imagesmith, his interest is photographing Wilderness.
“ Disasters like the Missionary Ridge fire make a person take note
of all the little things, taking them less for granted and and realize
the fragility of life.”
In 1971 Robert hiked the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.
By completing this 2000+-mile journey, he became just the 36th person
to have walked the entire trail continuously in one year. Along the way,
Robert carried an old Argus C-3 camera that he borrowed from his grandfather.
It had no light meter so Robert wrote down all of his exposures in a notebook
so that he could learn the best camera settings for different light conditions.
Upon completion of the Trail, Rodale Press contacted Robert to contribute
to a book called "Hiking the Appalachian Trail". One of his
photos appeared on the cover of the second volume along with thirteen
other photos on the inside.
While Robert was completing his graduate work in biology, he entered a
photo contest run by Nikon and won a fourth place. Later, while teaching
Wilderness Studies at Idaho State University, Robert entered one photo
in the National Wildlife Cover Photo Contest and won the grand prize out
of over 10,000 entries. While at ISU, Robert took photography courses
in the Art and Journalism departments. At this time, he also began teaching
nature photography classes.
Since moving to Durango in 1981, Robert has been a full time freelance
nature photographer. His work has appeared in many books, magazines and
on many gift items and in as many as 20 different calendars in one year.
Thousands of publication credits include: AUDUBON, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
TRAVELER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WORLD, NEWSWEEK, NEW YORKER, OUTSIDE, SIERRA
AND WORLD WILDLIFE FUND. His photos have been used in national ad campaigns
by such diverse entities as AMTRAK, THE NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY, THE
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY, PHILLIPS PETROLEUM,
SERENGETI and THE DETROIT TIGERS BASEBALL CLUB. Two of his photos can
even be seen on the tails of FRONTIER AIRLINERS. Since 1989, Robert has
lead photographic tours to special locations around the world.