A Burnt Country - an interactive virtual art exhibition now showing in the Rubys Gallery at Labyrinth Gallery.
The images in this gallery were all taken in and around Sydney in February 2020. Australia had just experienced some of the worst bush fires in living memory, the day I was in the blue mountains the rains came, too little too late. In fact the worst happened, with no trees or shrubs to hold the soil on the rocky slopes landslides closed many roads. Disaster on disaster. The statistics are terrifying, to quote Wikipedia "As of 28 October 2020, the fires burnt an estimated 24.3–33.8 million hectares (60–84 million acres; 243,000–338,000 square kilometres; 94,000–131,000 square miles), destroyed over 5,900 buildings (including 2,779 homes) and killed at least 34 people. It was claimed that three billion terrestrial vertebrates – the vast majority being reptiles – were affected and some endangered species were believed to be driven to extinction."
Not all fires are man made but we contribute to the extent and ferocity with our lack of regard for our environment.