Photojournalist Tim Carl describes covering the 2017 wildfires in an upcoming talk at the St. Helena Library. 

Calistoga resident and photographer Tim Carl will hold a reception and talk titled “Traveling By Starlight: A Local Photojournalist’s Journey Through Fire and Water” on Thursday, May 3, at the St. Helena Public Library.

The conversation, part of the library’s ongoing Thursday night discussion series, begins with a reception, which includes appetizers and wine, at 7 p.m. The talk is from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m.

Carl writes, “Everyone touched by the recent tragic fires had a role to play. From first-responders to those who stayed out of the way, everyone took on a task and tried their best to achieve what they believed most important. For me it was to document the fires from the perspective of a local with deep ties to the wine and food industry.

“In the discussion I will share photos and thoughts about what I found during the long days and sleepless, smoky nights of what continues to be one of the biggest natural calamities in local memory.”

In addition to the wine country fires Carl will also be talking about and showing photos from the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Carl grew up in St. Helena, was a U.S. Navy sailor during the Persian Gulf War, was a professional chef — including being the sous chef at John Ash — has a Ph.D. in biology, was a fellow at Harvard, a business consultant at McKinsey and Co., and has founded three startups, including Knights Bridge Winery, which he ran for eight years. He has also studied winemaking at UC Davis, teaches meditation and is a scuba instructor. Carl is also a freelance columnist and photojournalist for local publications, including the Napa Valley Register and the St. Helena Star.

Carl said he has had the support and encouragement of his wife of 33 years, helped raised two children who are grown and out of the house, has been an instructor and coach, and published many articles and stories.

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