Fire: Menai, Australia - April 15, 2018

 
 
178 meters, 2019. © Alan McFetridge

178 meters, 2019. © Alan McFetridge

 

At mid-April, conditions for a fire with such ferocity is unseasonal in New South Wales, Australia.

The story for Menai’s residents is one of a narrow escape and hope. Hope that governments take action to make important decisions and protect their citizens. Communities affected by climate change or pollution must ask the question; how will urban life be sustained during the forthcoming extreme weather events?

 
 
Cutters, 2018. © Alan McFetridge

Cutters, 2018. © Alan McFetridge

Coke Can, 2018. © Alan McFetridge

Coke Can, 2018. © Alan McFetridge

 

Within days this fire stripped Australian Bush, full of native trees and animals, begins its slow recovery cycle. These scenes are coupled with common items, found amongst the ash in the freshly burnt reserve. Sharing a boundary with suburbia, the titles show the distance from the camera to the nearest house.

The Australian continent has a climate history rich with high rainfall, droughts, bushfires and snowfalls. A continent vulnerable to climate extremes and variability. How has human activity altered patterns, and what will climate change look like here for Australian people.

 
316 meters, 2019. © Alan McFetridge

316 meters, 2019. © Alan McFetridge

 

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