In Australia, mining and energy are one of the most profitable sectors. Work places are located in remote areas, and thousands of workers fly in an out (FIFO) every day. They spend between 15 to 25 days working consecutively, during long hours shift.
One of the most attractive factors working FIFO is the salary. Starting between 80 and 100 k$ annually, it makes a difference in the life of many people.
There are some researches regarding the effect of working FIFO in the life of workers and their families. In some cases, this effect is positive, in others neutral and in others negative. In the worst cases, it can have a devastating effect in the lives of the workers, struggling with mental problems, drug and alcohol consumption and even suicide. Regarding the impact in the family, in some cases children consider positive the experience, as they can enjoy more the presence of their parents during the time OFF work, but sometimes it has a negative effect, including cases of bad behaviour and experiences of bullying at school.
Working FIFO was my last work in Australia, before sadly taking the decision to return to my birth country, five years after arriving to this far, exciting and isolated country. As a FIFO worker, I just worked 3 months, the length of my contract. No complaints: no pressure, comfortable 12 hours shift, interesting people, good restaurant service, adequate facilities. However it is not easy to spend 15 days away from family, from an 18 months old son and a 6 month pregnant woman without family or friend support. Afternoons and evenings after the shift may become too similar and one needs to give an additional meaning to the experience, not just work. Socializing, listening to music, playing the guitar, or reading were some common activities in the camp. In my case, photography was my loyal ally. In fact, some elements were superb for a photography lover like me: powerful skies, intriguing plant labyrinths and, one of the most thrilling part for me, a massive amount of night bugs nicely illuminated by the camp corridor lights.
The next pages present my story with an image and an explanatory text, organizing the content from morning to night, as it could be any single day onsite.
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