A photographic essay on the Cheetham Salt Fields, Dry Creek, South Australia
by Adam Jan Dutkiewicz
The salt pans at Dry Creek, north of Adelaide, were a long-held fascination for the author. They were removed for housing and to create the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park – Winaityinaityi Pangkara, proclaimed in October 2016.
On 1st August 2012 Adam went on a field trip with a photographer friend, Gary Sauer-Thompson, to shoot the area. The result is a series that form the photographic essay in this book, and the photographs are accompanied by a related autobiographical short story penned in 1987.
The series was initially selected to 15 images. A large format print of the title work won the Photography section of the Solar Art Prize in the Caring for the Planet exhibition, 2019. It was the first time Adam had edited and printed that image.
The book can be previewed and purchased here: https://au.blurb.com/b/3783061-the-path-to-salt
Two works from the series, including the winning print, are being shown at Rising Sun Inn at Kensington in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs, leading up until Christmas 2020.