Post bushfire and COVID-19, Rural and Regional Gippsland

Documentary Photography Gippsland

This is a call out to anyone residing in Gippsland and interested in taking part in the documentary photography project I have been commissioned for by the State Library Victoria. The key aim is to create a social archive of photographs and stories documenting the effects of the recent Victorian bushfire season and the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Project Overview

A documentary photographic project capturing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and 2019-2020 bushfires on Victoria’s rural and regional communities.

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted rural areas that have already suffered significant loss from the last bushfire season.

  • What are the unique issues faced by people living in those areas? 
  • What are the stories of community resilience?
  • What do communities hope for and need and how will these two significant events shape the future of their communities? 

The project allows an opportunity to get a true, authentic, contemporary and respectful documentation of the impact in real time. The images captured, with accompanying stories will be added to SLV’s Picture collection for current and future generations. Consent forms need to be signed by all participants.

Who am I looking for?

I’m looking to photograph community stories including emergency services workers, healthcare workers, park rangers, teachers and education staff, community leaders, agricultural workers, shopkeepers, delivery drivers, tourism operators, essential services, and people affected by the current situation located anywhere in Gippsland.

If you are interested in taking part in this project, I would love to hear from you via website contact form here or by calling/SMS your details to Aldona on 0433 162 791. I really appreciate your time and look forward to meeting you soon.


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Documentary Photography Gippsland Nephew Filip on the farm Biezen Polska Poland
My nephew Filip on my parent’s farm in Poland. Photo: Aldona Kmieć