Middle of somewhere
For sizeable context (as well as pub trivia), you can fit the ‘Great State of Texas’ inside the state of Western Australia (WA) 11 times over. And with a population of only 1.9 million, WA isn’t exactly lacking when it comes to open spaces and isolation. It wouldn’t be uncommon to drive eight hours and not see another car, just the occasional camel and emu. With a number of different format cameras packed, I spent four weeks travelling throughout this diverse landscape, visiting great sandy deserts that would suddenly reveal lush watering canyons, to the most astonishing and untouched beaches I’ve ever seen. Interweaved within this beauty are the permanent scars of Australia’s waning mining industry.
These images are a select few I shot with my Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera, with original expired polaroid film. In some places it got up to 48 degrees (119 Fahrenheit), and consequently the film reacted to those extreme conditions in its own distinct way.