Photographer's Note

The vegetation of Hydra was not it's greatest attraction. People did not die here nor did houses and living-earning properties turn to ashes (so far as I know). The fire of Hydra island was not one of the biggest or most destructive of the fires in our country recently. It's just the one I happened to meet with.
This patch of burned ground looks like a scar on the face of the Earth and we've suffered massive 3rd degree burns this summer. The forest of mount Parnitha, the escape-ground of my childhood and youth, is no more. That's the one that hurt the Athenians the most, the one that mobilized them to protest. Fires kept breaking out one after the other and a week later the biggest one started in the area around Aigio, one that still burns and devours and is described as a biblical destruction.
I read about this protest in two different magazines. Neither of the reporters praised the effort. What did we gain? they both asked. Indeed. What did we gain? What and who did we protest against? The statistical data concerning the causes of fires from different sources are contradicting. I don't know if the government could have done better at stopping them. I don't know if it will stop the burnt ground from turning into construction sites. Despair is the feeling all around.

PS. What you see in the photograph is only a small part of the burnt ground on the island of Hydra. For all I know it could even be the result of an older fire. The major fire still burns on the other side of the island. You can see the smoke in the workshop I am posting.

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