Jeremy Hogan was born and raised in California and began freelancing for newspapers while still in high school. He is a graduate of the photojournalism program at San Jose State University, and has a bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism....
Focus:Photojournalist, Filmmaker, Videographer, Documentary, Video
Skills:Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premier, Photojournalism, Video Editing
I grew up in California, and I had vacation days to use, so I planned a trip, and thought I'd visit a few family members and friends, and maybe drive up to the Northern California coast and do some photography. I actually turned off my phone Monday night after a trip to Yosemite, and woke up to see that a friend had marked themselves safe from the Thomas Fire. I found out a huge fire had ripped through Ventura destoying hundreds of homes, and the roads there were closed.
Wednesday I was driving to Ventura to photograph the fire when I heard about the Skirball Fire in Bel Air, so I headed that direction, and finally arrived there after getting stuck in traffic for two hours. I began making photos of that fire, then the next night I headed to Ventura, where I slept a few hours at the house of an old friend only to learn the fire jumped the 101 Freeway that night.
I arrived in La Conchita later in the morning, but the fire had mostly moved on, and I headed up Highway 1 only to run into a wall of fire burning through a palm tree grove.
Over the next several days I documented the fire often arriving after the flames had subsided, but left behind smoldering devastation. I made this series of photographs, which I'm tentatively titling, "Eden in Ashes," since the fire burned part's Ojai that were once lush, and Southern California turned into a hellscape of fire and smoke as six fires burn, and as I write this, The Thomas Fire has scorched and blackened over 200,000 acres making it one of the worst fires in modern California history.