Postcards, people, Pilbara
It looks as old as time itself. Mostly red earth and a clear blue sky with myriad colours and features defining a canvas of a landscape. The visually stunning landscape—its coastal sandplain, desert and the inland uplands dotted with gorges—is perhaps the primary facet of Pilbara that enchants a visitor no end. This dry and thinly populated mineral-rich (iron ore in particular) region in the north of Western Australia has been a mystery of sorts for many, with a vividly unique geography on one hand and the native aboriginal people on the other. It gives a sense that the region, the place, the land, the people are aching to tell stories—of themselves and of time itself. Stories, that’s what got photographer Bharat Sikka hooked to Pilbara, rather than the large-scale iron ore mining for which the region is fairly well known. “I wasn’t really expecting anything in particular. I got an invite from FORM to come and explore Pilbara. I found it an extremely interesting space and it intrigued me to a great extent. It was really beautiful so I said yes,” says Sikka.
The ace photographer travelled through the Pilbara with FORM and a couple of other Indian photographers as a part of the Pilbara Project. FORM, Perth’s creative industries hub, has
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