‘Malibu After’ Project Looking for Willing Residents

The view where a home once stood in the Trancas Highlands neighborhood of Malibu.

Eric Meyer, a local world-class professional photographer of commercial and fine arts projects and a former member of the Malibu Cultural Arts Commission, is planning a project to photograph Malibu homeowners in front of their burned-out homes. He has teamed up with local writer Jimy Tallal, who also lost her home, to tell their stories. The photos and accompanying write-ups would go into a book of photography as well as a gallery show, if all goes well. The working title of the project is “Malibu After,” and any proceeds will be donated back to the community.

Myer has already spoken with seven homeowners who have agreed to meet him at the site of their destroyed homes for a series of portraits and environmental photographs, but he would like to recruit many more.  

He hopes to record the experiences and memories associated with the joy of living in Malibu along with the trauma of the Woolsey Fire. He may include “before” pictures of houses, and is especially interested in having homeowners pose with an item they saved from the fire.

“I understand that this is a very fragile time for the entire community of people who lost their homes. I respect anyone’s desire for privacy,” Myer wrote. “My hope is that giving people the opportunity to capture this very specific time in Malibu’s history will be of some help.”

If you lost a home in this fire and would be interested in being photographed and interviewed for posterity, please contact Eric to set up an appointment. He prefers to meet in the early morning or late afternoon for the best light, and hopes to spend a few hours shooting and talking. For more information about Myer, see: ericmyer.com To contact him about the project, email info@ericmyer.com or call 310.589.5092.