This November, a massive wildfire spread through the small town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee killing 14 people, torching more than 2,400 structures, and causing an estimated $500 million in damages.

As the town rallied to rebuild, photographer Jeremy Cowart set out to document the destruction.

Cowart and a team of volunteers photographed the families of Gatlinburg alongside their toppled homes.

They used a drone to take photos, in order to capture the scale of the destruction.

"Many times, drones don't show emotion. I wanted to figure out how to show emotion and tell a story with a drone," Cowart told Digital Trends.

He also posted close-up photos of his subjects on his Instagram with quotes about their experiences.

Some subjects told Cowart about what they lost.

"This is my family's first home as a FAMILY... our pictures, special moments... we have worked so hard to begin our lives together welcoming our new baby girl and now we have nothing again," Fatima Dias said.

Others recounted the horror of the wildfire's spread.

"As I drove I was trying to think of anyone close by that could take my daughter…" said Layla. "As we were driving I can't describe how frantic she was and screaming, 'mommy I don't wanna go back home.'"

Still, others spread messages of hope.

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"My community and its people are hardworking, resilient, kind, strong, and full of faith," said Kara. "And now more than ever I believe in the heart of this town and its ability to bounce back from this just as our beautiful park will."

Cowart has photographed everyone from Taylor Swift to the Kardashian family, but this project held a special significance.

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"I'd rather point to things bigger than myself. If I can use my talents to help people in need, then I enjoy [photography] a whole lot more," he said.

As part of his project, Cowart linked to each subject's fundraising page.

Some subjects have already raised thousands of dollars.

For other photographers looking to make a difference, Cowart advised to keep working through hard times.

“In times of tragedy, think as creative as you do for your real work, your assignments and commercial work," he advised other photographers. "If we can bring unique ideas in times of need, then we can expand the number of eyeballs on the project."