Kinglake - Hope is not a dream ... by Rosalie Dale

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Hope is not a dream, but a way of making dream become reality. Anon

Visiting Kinglake a couple of weeks ago, twelve months after the big fires, was a little overwhelming. The extent of the disaster hit with full force – and the courage of the community was humbling. As time passes grief and loss often sinks into silence. Emotional, physical and spiritual weariness can threaten even the most stoic survivor.

It is important for these people to know they are not forgotten, and that they have our support.

The Black Saturday bush fires killed 173 people and investigations continue into the deliberately lit fires.

Police have revealed they’ve dedicated more than 100,000 hours of investigative work to the case.

Detectives have taken 4,000 statements from witnesses with up to another 1,000 still expected to be taken.

This image was taken on the drive into the village – to me it symbolised the hope of new life springing up among the blackened trees …

Profits from any sales of this image will go to causes relating to Kinglake regeneration.

I suffer from viewfinder vision (find myself visualising a frame around everything I see) so my genre is “anything that moves and most things that don’t”!!

I don’t so much wish to document places and things, as to evoke feeling and emotion.

This leads to a diverse portfolio and constantly overloaded external hard drives…not to mention some burning of the midnight oil as I keep looking for that elusive perfect process for yet another ‘masterpiece’!!!

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 5 years ago

    It is hard to believe that anyone could deliberately start these horrific fires. I can’t imagine how such scum can live with themselves.

  • You are right Tom – it equates to murder on one level.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Edge-of-dreams
    Edge-of-dreamsalmost 5 years ago

    I went to Kinglake 3 months after the fires and was devastated by what I saw. I also recently went to Mary sville and was shocked, because I’d only ever seen photos of the area. Fortunately, life is slowly returning, but it will be many years before the forest resemble anything that they once were.

  • I felt privileged to have the opportunity to drive through (I live in Sydney) – there is nothing like experiencing something first hand to give you real empathy.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websteralmost 5 years ago

    New growth, new life. In honour of those lost.

  • The new growth always seems so super green against the black! A wonderful analogy.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • GailD
    GailDalmost 5 years ago

    Nature will ‘rebuild’, as will the people. They like the bush, are hardy & resiliant & will come back better than ever.
    Arson equates to murder.
    Great Rosalie.

  • The road to recovery is made so much better by those who are quietly doing the ‘hard yards’ by continuing to be there for these communities. Aussies are pretty good at lending a hand!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • adgray
    adgrayalmost 5 years ago

    Arson is Attempted murder attempted manslaughter at the very least!
    This is a brilliant piece Rosalie BRAVO!!
    Chookas to all those who are yet to re-engage their lives to the fullest!
    Chookas too to all those helping the survivors become the Victors!
    Chookas ♥Ü♥

  • Absolutely Alyssa – I was choked up to see the notices in shop windows and the leaflets on countertops advertising support groups, fundraisers, self help groups, and even an “everyone reach out to one fire-affected person on the first of every month” campaign. It’s too easy to go on blithely forgetting the process that it takes to re-engage and to become victors! Thanks for the fav … you are a legend! xxx

    – Rosalie Dale

  • adgray
    adgrayalmost 5 years ago

    I loved the story that they realised just how important the humble local supermarket check out girl was – they became the counsellor to the people on the street and they were watching over their “regulars”
    Just like the old days where the shopkeepers were the hub of the community

    Funny how humanity goes back to the basics – so much for all the whiz bang communications! Bring back the bells and sirens and the face to face people!
    I have absolutely NO faith in the mobile sms system they are trying to engage – I had no reception up there how would anyone really be able to rely upon it? I live with a CFA firey with a pager and it goes off for ALL messages not only alerts but “Drinks are on at 6 tonight down the local” Still trying to decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing good cos the camaraderie is included, bad cos it’s not an emergency why is it on the pager?

    As for me being a legend – BAAAH!!!
    I wish I could do more!
    Chookas! ♥Ü♥

  • Ah our shopkeeper used to send a bloke out to take the weekly order, then deliver it to the home later that afternoon – often being rewarded with a cuppa and chat. The loss of these salt-of-the-earth people means we have to pay $$$$s so strangers can listen and validate our feelings! The SMS system sounds chaotic!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonalmost 5 years ago

    It’s lovely how communities come together in times of horror, because that’s what it is,it should be life imprisonment for the people who start these fires as it’s murder. Thanks for sharing this Rosalie.

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    Lovely words and image Rosalie.
    I hope the thousands of hours of police work bring these conscience-less murderers to the fullest extent of justice.

  • PhotogeniquE IPA
    PhotogeniquE IPAalmost 5 years ago

    love those words!

  • Andrew Ness -
    Andrew Ness - ...almost 5 years ago

    Powerful shot. People who start fires for malicious reasons are not right in the head. Why on earth would anyone want to do that?

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