Located 1000km inland from Sydney and 3 hours from the nearest town of Broken Hill, White Cliffs is a small community of 200 people. The scorching temperatures and lack of building materials in the outback leave most residents living underground, in caves dug into the hillside. First established as an opal mining settlement, White Cliffs has become home to a growing community, choosing the slower pace of life, proximity to the environment and the lower cost of living.
The series Elsewhere looks at life in this seemingly inhospitable location, its inhabitants, and the reasons that brought them there. It explores the symbiotic relationship that residents develop with the land surrounding them, how they navigate physical isolation and solitude and cultivate a sense of identity and belonging in one of the most remote locations in the country.
Marco Serventi is a documentary photographer born in Lugano, Switzerland, living and working in Sydney, Australia, since 2010. His projects focus on community, our relationship with the environment, and the notion of home. Exhibiting in Australia, Switzerland, the USA and the Netherlands, his work has recently appeared in several publications, including The Guardian and the New York Times. He completed a degree in Film Studies at the Université de Lausanne and is a graduate of the Visual Journalism and Documentary Practice program at the International Center of Photography in New York.
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