Some days in late August at home are like this, the air thin and eager like this, with something in it sad and nostalgic and familiar…
– William Faulkner
This photo project – by Aaron Godwin – documents the aftermath of the Sonoma county Wildfires in northern California.
” On my days in town I often thought of this quote repeating it to myself like a mantra. My childhood and adolescence was spent in a suburb similar to here. Every sidewalk I followed here throughout the neighbourhoods took me to scenes I tried to recollect but could not. In my memory of the suburban sprawl I grew up I distinctly remember the routine, the identical homes that were inescapable, and a silence only broken by an occasional passing car or kids playing.
Now that same quiet was disturbed solely by crows calling to one another. Amongst the debris were remnants of past lives where that same routine existed. All people carry their remembrances of times passed, and to attempt to verify this by visiting a place where one has no remembrance results in confliction.
Memories are connected by photographs, the same way ruins are connected to memories. The photograph is there as a reminder, though each is different in context, continues to record time and memory. It was a hazily smokey autumn day and I thought of home. “
Aaron Godwin works as a sports photographer based in the Bay Area covering high school and college sports. His passion, however, remains in fine art photography. His projects include a wide range of subjects from political protests, to a recent theater production at Ohlone College. We recently featured some of his work about Oakland Anti Trump Rally and San Jose Anti Trump Rally.