Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana)
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Before making these I’d been reading Emile Zola’s 19th century account of a new Parisian park, he wrote “It is as if nature had done something wrong and had been imprisoned”. At the same time a mega wildfire appeared on the news media, vividly showing the inferno. As the aerial footage showed the wider view, the inverse seemed to be the case... an urban service centre isolated from the rest of human civilization and imprisoned. I had many questions, with a grant by the Royal Photographic Society and set off to investigate.
What I found was deeply saddening, immensely difficult for the community and to consider my role in the burning.
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