Western Australia is the end of the world
…and its Zuytdorp Cliffs overlook an ocean littered with shipwrecks. As a child in Western Australia, Yeti was isolated, both by the remoteness of his location and by the intolerance of his peers.
Yeti grew up rough in a racially divided Australia. Despite his light complexion, he was shunned by his white classmates for his aboriginal heritage. He rebelled, turned against mainstream society, and found a new community in the Coffin Cheaters Motorcycle Club.
As he grew older, the land surrounding the Zuytdorp Cliffs exerted a strong pull on Yeti. He discovered his roots and became an initiate, and later an elder, in the Nhanda tribe. He learned the story of the land, and of a chance encounter, hundreds of years ago, between his people and a group of outsiders stranded on the edge of the earth.
Empire: Periphery investigates the—often blurry—line between native and invader. In addition to Yeti’s story, the piece includes the story of Norman, California’s Dutch-Indonesian cowboy.
Principle photography for Empire: Periphery in Australia concluded on August 16th, 2013.