Terrifying Colorado Fire Instagrams From the Guy Who Shot My Wedding

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Evacuees look on as smoke clouds billow of their city (Reuters).

This past weekend, Trevor Brown took thousands of beautiful photos of my wedding. The next day, he had to drive south to Colorado Springs to photograph the horrible, terrible, awful wild fire that's poised to wipe out a big chunk of Colorado's second-largest city. More than 32,000 people have been ordered to evacuate and very little of the fire of the contained.

The Waldo Canyon fire is a very, very big deal and should be making national news. Colorado Springs is in serious trouble and the rest of the state (like much of the west) is in a similar position after an exceptionally dry winter.

I've been following the photos from the official news agencies (like the shot from Reuters at the top of this post) and I don't think they convey the immediacy that Trevor's stunning Instagrams do. (You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter: @trevorbrownjr.)

In the hands of great photographer, Instagram gives you a startling sense of immediacy and intimacy. You feel you could have taken the photographs, and therefore, that you're right there wherever the photographer is. It's almost a visual check-in. And what works for the ho-hum abides for the epic. I'm at the beach. I'm having a quiet moment with my mom. I'm climbing a mountain. I'm watching a fire devastate a city. 


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Trevor Brown, Jr.



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Trevor Brown, Jr.



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Trevor Brown, Jr.



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Trevor Brown, Jr.

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The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science website in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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