Paraburdoo – A place made of people11 April 2012
I am becoming more and more aware of the life that surrounds an individual mine site and how it paints the wider picture, it’s sense of purpose. I have been invited to photograph at Rio Tinto’s Paraburdoo Mine site a few times now but this long visit was one that definitely set itself aside form the others. I was asked to focus on the people. Capturing as many individuals and groups as I physically could in the space of 4 days.
As a result I gained a wider perspective on the Paraburdoo mine and it’s “life”. The machines were not just machines serving a purpose any more and operations were not just something that blurred into my backgrounds. Suddenly I was engaging with those who made it all happen.
Mining is a very fast paced work/lifestyle with the growing economy’s demands, not to mention individual consumers. These people are those that make it all happen.
This post is short for a reason, to take the attention away from me and focus primarily on those who make up the culture that is Paraburdoo Mine.