Australia is known for its vast expanses of land and unpopulated areas. Coober Pedy, 500 miles north of Adelaide, may be the opal capital of the world, but the area is largely desolate. The Australian mining town tells its own stories, without the glamour of opals, which Melbourne photographer Abigail Varney caught on camera.
Varney’s photographs explore a sense of space, and document the eccentricities of the townsfolk, against their backdrop of bleak and pastel-coloured homes. Her ‘Rough and Cut’ project left out characters of the people living there on purpose, to enhance the area’s eerie sense of desolation.