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Paraburdoo – A place made of people

11 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.