Matthew's Wildfire Photography Fund
As a wildfire photographer, my goal is to show the general public what happens when the fires start, the area is evacuated and the amazing local and CalFire firefighters move in.
I make it a point to bring personal news coverage to local residents and international followers alike, by answering questions about the fire's activity, photographing well-known spots and even going to homes inside the roadblocks to photograph, video and relate their conditions when asked by homeowners who have evacuated.
Unfortunately, photojournalists do not make much money. We do it for the passion of photography.
I am in sore need of some new equipment, as extreme heat, smoke and water are very hard on electronic devices like cameras and lenses.
In addition, there is also the cost of driving, sometimes for five hours or more to get to remote wildfire locations, fuel and wear and tear on the old Crown Victoria driving down dirt roads a Crown Vic was never meant to be on.
If you have enjoyed my photography and would like to donate, it would be much appreciated.
Either way, I will do what I need to do to continue bringing you the best wildfire photographs, video and information directly from the path of the fires.
And please, stop by and see what I'm up to at:
The realization that my work means so much to people litterally brought tears to my eyes and gave me goosebumps.
Thank you so much to those that have donated, and those who have shared my GoFundMe campaign.
I did this on a whim after a couple of suggestions from people on my Facebook site and thought, I'll just give it a shot and see what happens... and just twelve hours later... wow, I am just floored, so very thankful and completely humbled to see how much has been give so far, mostly by people whom I have never met.
This is increadible.