About the Book
The Pine Forest subdivision of Bastrop, Texas was photographed by Mark Goodman in black & white (1996-2001), in color (2009-2010), and one final image taken with a borrowed digital camera, on September 16, 2011, following the Bastrop County Complex Wildfire that started September 4, 2011, a Sunday afternoon on Labor Day weekend. This wildfire burned along a twenty-four mile front consuming thirty-five thousand acres—half of the Lost Pines Forest—including Goodman’s three acres, house of twenty-four years, and the places he photographed. It was the most destructive wildfire in Texas history. Five thousand people evacuated, two people died, nearly seventeen hundred homes and businesses were destroyed, and a million and a half trees vanished. FOREST BATHING is a poetic view of what was lost—seen "ante incendium"—and is a companion volume to the 2016 Blurb book, OUT OF THE SMOKE AND INTO THE FLAME, that included photographs of the wildfire’s destruction by Sybil Miller and a personal essay by Mark Goodman.
Mark Goodman graduated from Boston University, in 1970, with a degree in Anthropology, and then studied photography with Minor White. A year later, he attended Apeiron Workshops in Photography and began a twenty-year documentary project taking pictures of a generation of children growing up in the nearby village of Millerton, New York. He received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1973) and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1977); his photographs were featured in Aperture 19:4 (1975); exhibited in a one-person show at the George Eastman House, in Rochester, New York (1980-1981) ; and A Kind of History: Millerton, New York 1971-1991 was selected by Vince Aletti in the Village Voice as one of the Top Ten Best Photography Books of 2000. Since 2005, he has published limited edition books and portfolios of photographs and personal essays.