Adorning the remote coastline of midwest Western Australia are numerous shacks. The use of the shacks is often the center of controversy as the living arrangements are an entitlement of a professional fishing license. Over time fewer and fewer fishing professionals are using these shacks and local councils have been stirred to remove them, but have been met with local push back from community associations on heritage grounds. So the shacks and their people have become icons of a traditional and unique lifestyle. This series depicts some of the characters that make use of the shacks and shows their connection to their dwelling and how they influence each other.
The images address how people have constructed, furnished and made a livable space by the coast. How they have influenced their surroundings to accommodate their lifestyle, and how their environment has influenced them. All the shacks are totally off grid and have a high level of sustainability. The effort that has been put into their creation often spans over lifetimes, anchoring peoples identity. To see them as temporary can be heartbreaking.James Simmons
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