Australia began to incinerate with irrepressible bushfires for another summer, as the people peel singed eyelashes from their irises and amassed at the beach. I stood on the decking that led down to the water, watching over the colourful scenery of ocean and charcoaled skin. I thought of how the landscape was described to be 227 years ago, before the Indigenous land owners were massacred. The Aborigines had an inseparable relationship with fire, constantly burning off vegetation. Their understanding of native fauna and wildflowers was the catalyst for this unique technique known as fire-stick farming. It provided an enhanced visibility for hunting, allowing them to target their pray with greater ease. Trees looked as though they had been sporadically planted for human needs, with barrenness in between. The Kangaroo population was high, and bushfires were seldom.
And just at that moment, a couple of blokes dropped their Eski momentarily as they carried it down to Gunnamatta Beach.
Equipment: Mamiya 7 ii camera / 43mm lens / Ektar 100 film