Daniel John Bushaway graduated from Camberwell College of Arts and Crafts in London and is a documentary photographer living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Daniel shoots exclusively on large format film cameras to observe and document the way we cultivate our environments. His practice explores a variety of infrastructures, systems and processes that support the spectrum of industry. Today we share his series Deserted.
This series was born from a road trip from Melbourne to Uluru in 2012, during which I explored the abandoned opal mines of the South Australian town of Coober Pedy. An arid, beautiful and brutal remote town, Coober Pedy has a sense of magic and mysticism. A community originally built on aspirations, people from all walks of life came to Coober Pedy in the hopes of ‘striking it rich’ and making their fortune, which was later strangled by big business and industry. What remains of these abandoned opal mines is a fascinating insight into ‘uselessness’ and what has been left behind. These unmarked mining shafts are the footprints of the industry, haphazardly dotted all around town and forsaken.
To view more of Daniel’s work, please visit his website.