Marshall Fire photos

Local filmmaker and photographer Megan Sweeney documents the destruction and recovery following the Marshall Fire

Credit: Big Heart Film

Megan Sweeney is a local filmmaker and photographer who lives in Louisville and took photos of destroyed homes, firefighters, families and more to document the devastation and recovery following the Marshall Fire. We featured one of her photos on the cover of our Dec. 21 disaster-themed issue. When asked about her inspiration to take the following photos, she says: “It’s important to document and help tell the story of someone else’s experience to the best of our ability. We can imagine what it could be like to walk in someone else’s shoes but photos and videos are truly a powerful tool to help communicate and spread empathy.”

Below are some of Sweeney’s photos from the Marshall Fire. There’s more on her website, which also features her other work.

Credit: Big Heart Film

Instagram: @bigheartfilm

This gallery is part of our After the Fire series examining how Boulder County is preparing for the next disaster two years after the Marshall Fire. Read the stories:

On foot As communities push for fewer cars, plans for pedestrian evacuations are slowly coming along by Kaylee Harter

‘Helping themselves’ For marginalized communities, mutual aid is the model for emergency preparedness by Cindy Torres

‘Find a way’ Through fire and flood and dark of night, Via delivers safe transport — for free by Shay Castle

Rebuilding by the numbers Who’s home, who’s not — and why by Will Matuska


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