Signs of Community
People leave marks on their environment, evocative clues revealing the spirit that was, is and could be. Signs of community explores this, describing the emotionally charged process of rebuilding communities in the wake of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.
Home is where the heart is drops us into the aftermath of a harrowing event, into a place devastated by tragedy and ravaged by Mother Nature. A deserted place haunted by the energy, love and happiness that once inhabited it.
The image from which the series takes its title addresses the multicultural context of the rebuilding collaboration. Foreign aid workers flooded into the area, making connections with those who remained, seeking to integrate into local culture whilst retaining their own sense of heritage. This photo, taken outside the NGO office, depicts diversity through choice of languages and implies communication via the telephone lines.
Put simply, The fire in our bellies explains what makes all the effort worthwhile. To share a meal, cooking together as a community, locals and foreigners united in a story of loss, healing and triumph. A community rebuilt.
People affect their surroundings, stamping identity, leaving traces of the community spirit that was, is and will continue to be.