Bushire and Covid recovery. 2020 was an unprecedented year, from extreme bushfires to a global pandemic. In regional Victoria, these challenges, combined with persistent drought and adverse economic conditions, struck at the heart of many regional industries and communities. During the difficult year, State Library Victoria supported and commissioned four photographers with connections to regional Victoria, to capture history as it happens and build the State Collection. These photographers were Aldona Kmieć, Tiffany Garvie, Fabiana Guerreiro and James Wiltshire.
Over 350 images were captured during the project for SLV’s Window on Collections, highlighting the importance of the lived experiences of Victorians to the State Collection. They provided a raw glimpse into the lives of rural and regional Victorians following the impactful events of 2020.