LA TUNA FIRE by Dos Mentes

It rained ashes for three days. On Friday, September 1st, 2017 a fire broke out in La Tuna Canyon near Sunland, CA and over the next few days developed into the largest brushfire fire in Los Angeles history. Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes in Sunland, Tujunga, Burbank, and Glendale.

Ed, from Sunland, remained on site to battle it out. Nicholas and Mcabe noticed him dowsing a hill with a hose They approached him as he was one of the last people still in the neighborhood. Ed saturated the entire perimeter of his property with water. The wind kicked up flames over his hill and he jumped into action, racing towards the fire on his ATV. He created fire breaks by spinning his ATV in circles and separating the brush. His girlfriend had just left after begging him to do the same. Firefighters had also
been encouraging him to get out. He told Nicholas and Mcabe that his home was filled with items that could never be replaced, ‘stuff my old man left me.’ They asked him if he would consider gathering some of his things in case the fire got too close, but he had no idea were to start. Thankfully the wind didn’t continue blowing the fire over his hill and Ed was alright.

Iraq by Dos Mentes

We were offered an opportunity to visit Iraq with 24 hr notice. We spent our time in refugee camps meeting Yazidi people that had been brutalized by ISIS and then rescued or bought back. 

N. Kern State Prison by Dos Mentes

Antione's second visit to jail/ prison while we've known him. We drove out to pick him up and capture him seeing his wife and daughter for the first time in a while.

Lincoln County Jail by Dos Mentes

We met Antione outside of his house in Watts in 2015. He was arrested a few months later. We met him in Lincoln County, NV to capture a few photos of him finishing up his time in jail. Antione's been in and out of jail since he was a kid. This was familiar territory for him.