Carwash part of Pink Tracks In A Dusty Land' (2018)

Carwash part of Pink Tracks In A Dusty Land' (2018)

Outside the industrial city of Karratha, 1539 kilometres north of Perth in Outback Australia, truckie Heather Jones is unpacking her load at the ‘shit farm’. Simultaneously she’s advising a female truck driver in training, “don’t forget to bring your nice pink pyjamas, to remind you of your femininity”.

In the immense landscape of the extreme Outback, female residents don’t immediately match traditional definitions of femininity. So-called ‘road trains’ 50 metres long twist their way through a scenery veiled in red dust. In this area you can drive for hours without bumping into a fellow human being. The desert heat is oppressive, and cyclones rage through regularly.

Truck driving is considered a masculine occupation in any climate, so it comes as no surprise that women are often seen as too feminine to do the job up here. They often don’t get the same opportunities as men. Rozzi, 31, works at a waste processing company and had been applying to drive a truck for five years, but unfortunately nobody took her seriously. When the company Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls posted pictures of Rozzi driving a truck on social media, the company finally conceded to her aspirations.

Meanwhile in the outside world, the female truck drivers may be considered too masculine. There’s a living assumption that women who cross the border of the gender roles also adopt male features.

Contradictions in the images of the female truck drivers feed into some of the social taboos associated with the state of the profession. In this photo series I want to show how the female truck drivers have adopted truck driving as their lifestyle, and reflect their own femininity in a formerly male dominated industry.

Michelle throws a strap to attach her load

Michelle throws a strap to attach her load

Rozzi, 31 years old and a couple of months in a truck

Rozzi, 31 years old and a couple of months in a truck

Room of a truckie

Room of a truckie

Michelle, 59 years old and a year in a truck

Michelle, 59 years old and a year in a truck

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Kersti, 29 years old, raised in a truck by her mum Heather and now on and off in a truck for eight years

Kersti, 29 years old, raised in a truck by her mum Heather and now on and off in a truck for eight years

Pink tracks in a dusty land

Pink tracks in a dusty land

Michelle crochets gifts for her grandchildren

Michelle crochets gifts for her grandchildren

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A dusty land

A dusty land

Zoë on a tinderdate with Alan

Zoë on a tinderdate with Alan

Heather, 52 years old and 25 years in a truck

Heather, 52 years old and 25 years in a truck

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Sunmarks

Sunmarks

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A decorated christmas road tree in the industrial estate

A decorated christmas road tree in the industrial estate

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Zoë makes her 50 metre road train loaded with dirt ready for the daily 8-hours drive

Zoë makes her 50 metre road train loaded with dirt ready for the daily 8-hours drive