‘I was on the edge of panic. I was taking photos surrounded by flames'
For a small town in south-west Oregon with 60 or 70 inhabitants, Prospect is such an ambitious name. It was the optimism in that name that first attracted me. And it was in the nearby forests that I took this photo of a Hotshot fire ranger.
Much of the forest floor is cleared of brush by fire in October, and the Hotshots – their real title – are the experts who do it. It's not immediately apparent that this Hotshot is in the midst of a forest fire – I've been told the photo has a painterly serenity.