The Path to Salt: A Photographic Essay on the Cheetham Salt Fields, Dry Creek, South Australia
by Adam Jan Dutkiewicz
Moon Arrow Press, 2012
The Path to Salt is not only a striking visual essay about an extraordinary landscape, it can be interpreted as a metaphor for life, especially in South Australia, the driest state on the driest continent on earth, where the environment and river systems have suffered terribly under European habitation.
Dr Adam Jan Dutkiewicz’s long fascination with the Salt pans at Dry Creek, northwest of Adelaide, South Australia, came to fruition on a photographic field trip with Gary Sauer-Thompson in August 2012. Dutkiewicz and Thompson would later collaborate to produce Abstract Photography: Re-evaluating visual poetics in Australian modernism and contemporary practice (2016).
Dutkiewicz’s subsequent musings and thoughts about his connection to that landscape led him back to a story he had written in 1986, which has been revised for inclusion in this volume.
“Great piles of salt, in rows, resembling fibro-cement warehouse sheds with angular roofs, were reflected like crystals of gypsum in the wet pans, blue in the early morning sunshine.” The Path to Salt, a short story by Adam Jan Dutkiewicz
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