Abandoned Australia


Barren red deserts dotted with post-colonial ghost towns, dilapidated inner city factories, discarded country homesteads and a succession of dormant, soot-filled power stations are just a handful of the desolate, yet visually rich narratives that form part of the abandoned Australia landscape.

Digging beneath the sun-baked soil, Shane Thoms uncovers the modern ruins scattered over this arid continent and reveals a series of beautifully broken abodes hiding in the crevices of the Great Southern Land. Whispering of long-gone happy moments, human darkness, of working lives and everyday pursuits, these atmospheric scenes allow us to reconstruct the stories of the past.

Prompting conversations about a growing, diverse country with a complicated history, these abandoned places connect as well as contrast the past and the present and chronicle the hidden remnants of the evolving Australian story.

By: Shane Thoms

Pages: 224

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions & Weight: 305x215x25mm, 1.4kg approx

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