sometimes not always

© Lucy Parakhina

I used to live right down the street from the Cooks River, which passes through South-Western Sydney like a main artery, carrying stormwater from an area of over 100 square kilometers, and providing an often surprisingly wild oasis right next to residential and industrial zones over 23km from Yagoona to Botany Bay. I wanted to follow the river from its source to where it meets the sea, in one day, its indiscriminate course providing a cross-section of the diversity of communities in the area. The night before I was to go out, a huge storm hit Sydney, resulting in flash flooding and destruction along many parts of the river. And so the story I saw became that of the tension between people and the environment - the same one playing out globally.