September, 21 2010
Dampier salt flats
Mollie Hewitt

We stopped at the place where the Dampier salt flats meet the highway, and walked along the paths that segment the small areas of salt between the road and railway line. Layers of colour, texture and transport – trains, planes and cars – all crossing over the sometimes matt, sometimes reflective surface. Although there are so many layers, multiplicities and differences it was obvious that almost everything we could see was based upon and exists because of a singular purpose – wealth generated through primary industry. This place is volatile and unsustainable, which no doubt only adds to its beauty.

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