The wildfires in Northern California are having a huge affect on the entire Bay Area. The fires have been raging for over one week now and the damage and rebuilding will go on for years. I haven’t been able to get up to the areas where the fires are, mainly because I don’t want to get in the way until the crews get a handle on the situation, but I have been photographing the impact on people from the smoke in San Francisco.
The air quality has been very bad in the entire Bay Area with haze and very interesting light from the sun trying to peak through. It has been “Golden Hour” all day long with the light having a very yellow-orange hue. I decided to mix my street photography with photojournalism and take pictures of people covering their faces with masks and anything else they have handy.
The poor air quality is causing breathing problems and watery eyes here in San Francisco and the East Bay. This is nothing compared to what the North Bay is dealing with. People have last their lives, homes, jobs, businesses, and face years of rebuilding.
We wish our North Bay neighbors a quick recovery in getting their lives back on track. I hope to get up there soon to take photographs of the landscape and the people that have been affected by these tragic fires, and to buy some wine.