November 23, 2016, a fire started along the Chimney Tops 2. It would spread throughout Gatlinburg and become the worst fire in Tennessee of the last 100 years. It claimed 14 lives and over 2,000 homes and businesses.
As the devastation became apparent, Nashville-based photographer Jeremy Cowart had an idea to use his camera to bring healing and awareness to the region’s victims in a series.
Making a difference with pictures
December 14–20, Cowart and a volunteer crew photographed families on a white mattress contrasted by the dark rubble of their destroyed homes. Using a camera attached to a drone, they broadcast their stories and needs to the world. – “voices of Gatlinburg”
See the images and read their stories at Voices of Gatlinburg website