Rough & Cut

Words by
Georgina Reid
Images by
Abigail Varney
| March 5, 2015

It’s exactly 2078 kilometers from my front door in inner Sydney to the town of Coober Pedy, in central South Australia. Renowned for its desert setting, abundance of opals, and unique style of underground housing, it’s about as isolated as they come.

Photographer Abi Varney visited Coober Pedy (the name originating from the local indigenous word kupa-piti, meaning ‘white man’s hole’) with her camera and took a series of images of the landscape and the ways humans interact with it. The resulting photographs are vast, dream-like, and strangely unsettling.

We humans need to be around other humans, but for our sanity and health I reckon we also need the context, perspective, and space that natural landscapes afford. Places like Cooper Pedy, and much of the interior of Australia offer this kind of healing in abundance.

It’s a long way away though, so if you can’t quite get to Coober Pedy this weekend but do happen to live in Melbourne, drop by Tinning Street to check out Abi’s Rough & Cut exhibition. Her evocative and rich images will transport you in no time….

“Rough & Cut”
Tinning Street
Lot 5/29 Tinning Street, Brunswick VIC
Exhibition runs until March 8th