Lost Direction - Narbethong Weather Vane - Victoria - Australia

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Beaumaris, Australia

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This was the first site we were permitted to visit within weeks of the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria in 2009.

The local community wanted a permanent record of the devastation prior to the clean up and the rebuilding of their homes.

A small group of us were given the opportunity to photograph the aftermath of the bushfires in Narbethong, where sadly, a number of people had died.

We were escorted by a local person to several properties in the area and, with the permission of the owners, took photos among the ruins.

It was a deeply moving experience. There was a tension between not wishing to trespass on personal memories and tragic loss, and the need to record the impact of the wild fire that had swept through the lovely mountain region.

This weathervane was wedged in the branches of a tree in what had been someone’s front garden. Everything around was blackened, but I managed to highlight the rust colour of the metal vane and applied a black and white filter to the background detail.

I was struck by the way the heat and force of the wind had changed its shape, knowing too that the impact of the fire had, within minutes, changed forever the lives of the people who lived there.

See also Rejuvenation – Narbethong – Victoria

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