Post Cards from the Fire

Feature image by CABBI artist Dave Ramsland 

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Bushfire painting

An exhibition of photographs sharing stories of heartbreak and hope.

Content compiled by Suzanne Shelley for Creative Arts Batemans Bay Inc.


Conceived by Mark Blumer (Blumers Personal Injury Lawyers), who felt compelled to help the community reconnect after such a traumatic experience.

“In the face of the fire, we were alone (with others, but alone). Many people took photos of what the fire made of our world.  This is an invitation to share those photos with each other, to see what others saw, to feel, if we can, what others felt, to not be so alone.  We hope to build a community of people who understand each other better and are not afraid to care about each other. In the face of the fire we can come together and find strength, and love, and healing.” said Blumer.

Visualised by Mark Blumer, an artistic initiative aiming to build resilience and emotional healing on the Far South Coast was launched by Creative Arts Batemans Bay Inc.

The program was supported by the Commonwealth-funded ‘Supporting Communities in Recovery’ program, to aid in the post trauma recovery.

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Over 230 photographs portraying memories from the 2019/20 summer

Here are a selection of the postcards
Sound recordings follow photographs


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“Yesterday was one crazy day. I helped defend friends property from the fire at Nth Durras and manage to get a couple of photos”. Josh. B.

Click on these 2 links to listen to  Katrina’s poem and Robyn’s story.


More Stories From The Bush Fire Crisis.

CABBI sculptor Nick Hopkins who lost his home in the fires talks about that event along with others.

This podcast has been brought to you by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) and is supported by The Judith Neilson Institute.

This is the trailer only, full length version online.