Photographer takes portraits of families who lost homes to California wildfires. Here's why – KCRA Sacramento

Allen Myers hopes to photograph more Caldor, Dixie and River fire families
Allen Myers hopes to photograph more Caldor, Dixie and River fire families
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Allen Myers hopes to photograph more Caldor, Dixie and River fire families
So far this 2021 fire season, thousands of Northern California residents have lost their homes to the wildfires.
Allen Myers, whose family survived the Camp Fire that nearly destroyed Paradise in 2018, is working to help these families by taking their photographs. He is also the executive director of “Regenerating Paradise,” a nonprofit organization focused on rebuilding the Butte County community.

His project began when he captured a portrait of his parents standing in front of what was left of their home. He then continued taking photos, going from lot to lot around the neighborhood, documenting the destruction. Word quickly spread of his work.
This week, Myers photographed his 69th family, a family who lost their home to the River Fire in August 2021.

He is now looking for other families to photograph who lost their homes this fire season, including the Caldor, Dixie and River fires.

“What caused me to pick up the camera again was knowing that, for my family, we can look back years from now on an image and know how far we’ve come,” Myers told KCRA 3. “I want to offer that to other families who are experiencing this.”

He will be in Grizzly Flats on Sunday to photograph families whose homes were destroyed by the Caldor Fire. The next Sunday, Oct. 3, he will be in Greenville working with families impacted by the Dixie Fire. Myers still has room for more families on those two dates and is looking for more families to photograph after that.

Myers captures these photos and gifts them to the families for free.
If you would like to donate to his cause, learn more about “Regenerating Paradise,” or sign up for a time to be photographed, visit his website here.
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