Black Oaks - Bill McCarroll

A project with a collection of images from Blue Sky Nature Reserve in Poway, California, specifically the Oak Grove. I’ve been visiting this damaged oak grove for a year or so with my medium and large format film cameras. The grove was virtually wiped out during the Witch Creek fire in 2007. What was left in the grove were old oaks severely scarred or completely destroyed. The grove has been left to recover which will be a slow process over many decades. It’s a very difficult subject to photograph, very chaotic. Rather than fight it, I’m embracing the chaos in my images.

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