People, Places, Things

photograph of a sunset enhanced by wildfire smoke. In the distant foregrand, a spray of water from an irrigation truck matches the outline of a mountain in the background. Photo by Koa A. Tom.

"Fire-Water," a 2022 photo by Koa A. Tom on medium format slide film, illuminates the complicated relationship between colonial and Indigenous land use practices. Tom writes, "Wildfire smoke enhances the sunset as agricultural irrigation mirrors the silhouette of tcha Timanwi, also known as Mary's Peak. People need the land, water, and air to eat, live, and breathe. 'Fire-Water' reflects the human desire for blance and our shared experiences with climate change."


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