Broken Hill: Accidental Art of a closed Mine

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M and R on April 24, 2009

Very "shaped" photo i.e. lines, rectangles, circles, curves.....

Ian Stehbens on April 24, 2009

Dear Mira,

You are so special, and your comments so warm. Thank you indeed. This was my first visit to Broken Hill, and just a 30-hour one, for the sake of my Panoramio hobby, and friends. It was a means of clearly disconnecting from work. I went on my own by train and returned by bus and train, and had four very different passengers sit beside me for the 4 legs of the journey. And our conversations were most stimulating indeed, and seemed to range across the whole gamut of life, from surprisingly different starting points. While in Broken Hill, which has become quite a tourist centre and also an artists' centre, I sought to portray it my own way, and not just trot out the same images as others before me. This is therefore one of those, so I am pleased that you found it artistic. Thanks.

I am looking forward to all the next phase of life opens up to me, and the family. There is so much still to contribute and I am sure there will be much joy and privilege in it all. Thanks for your best wishes.


Marilyn Whiteley on April 24, 2009

Ian, I'm sure you knew I'd like this. What wonderful colours and composition in this "accidental art" received by your discerning eye!!


Ian Stehbens on April 24, 2009

Dear Marilyn,

'Geometry' sort of springs to mind! I think that is what my daughter, Robyn (M and R) must have learnt from her dad too. Thanks for your response, Marilyn. Hope your spring has warmed up, and the tennis players are able to run around the caught without blades!


Olga I. Yakovenko on April 28, 2009

I find also this detail very interesting and specific, Olga

Amelia Royan on April 29, 2009

Dear Ian, accidental art - Mira has said it all. But it still takes the photographer to see it and record it too. I love the verticals and horizontals, the textures and the shadows, the colours and the whole composition :))

Tell me, is it because you live "down under" that the sign on the door is upside down? I think it must be :)

Greetings from Norway, Amelia

© mARTin on April 29, 2009

Oh Ian, you are a great artist. I like the different elements and texture.

Greetings, Martin

Ian Stehbens on May 2, 2009

Dear Olga,

Thanks for your many comments on my Broken Hill set of photos. Broken Hill was so named for the original hill had a rugged 'broken' crest - and this was because it was the outcrop of the lode of silver-lead ore. When it was realised that it was an ore body a group of 8 local men involved in grazing industry formed a Proprietary Company which they called Broken Hill Proprietary Ltd (BHP) which now is called BHP-Billiton and is the world's largest mining company, though BHP no longer mines in Broken Hill.

Ian in Brisbane

Hazel Coetzee on May 2, 2009


Hope all is going smoothly in your new surroundings.

This is such a great photo - it really is modern art, with its verticals and horizontals and lovely shades of biscuit, rust and browns! Excellent spotting, Ian.

Warmest wishes, Hazel

Ian Stehbens on May 3, 2009

Dear Amelia and Martin,

My accidental art is really only art when it is appreciated by another, so thanks for your appreciation.

And the reason for the staff only inversion, Amelia, is simply because the staff work down below - it is a deep shaft; or because a site supervisor hasn't yet nailed someone to the wall today. I doubt it has anything to do with Mercator's accidental or random art.


VIKTOR HERMAN on May 3, 2009
  • Dear Ian**, Thank you for your very kind and pleasant answer. The family name of our relatives is Wendt. I think Jane Wendt is very known in Australia. Her father Karel was a causin of my mother. He emigrated from Czech in 1948. My mother and my brother met with her in Prague, but I was abroad in this time!

Many thanks for your comments of my photos and warm greetings from Č.Budějovice (Budveis) a town of excelent beer!

This photo is very nice! Viktor Viktor

Ian Stehbens on May 3, 2009

Dear Viktor,

Jana Wendt is a very well known journalist in Australia, and is an outstanding investigative journalist and TV presenter. I am very pleased that she chose to return to Prague to meet her family and reconnect with her roots. You can be very proud of her!!

It is interesting that you chose to respond to this image, though it is not a landscape but a mere element out of the mining landscape of Broken Hill.

I have recently relocated from Sydney to Brisbane to commence an active retirement.

So my warmest regards from BRISBANE.


Olga I. Yakovenko on June 18, 2009

Excellent capture, Olga

Ian Stehbens on June 19, 2009

Thanks, Olga. I was even silly enough to think that this might have made it to GE because I thought it told the story of the closure of the original mines that made this the world's largest silver mine last century.


ctalcroft on February 15, 2011

Beautiful. Love the colors, the textures, the shadow and light, the straight-edged and the curves.


Ian Stehbens on February 18, 2011

Dear Colin,

To have you appreciate this is a high honour for me. Thank you. Your Serendiptous Art collection is impressive, and as I browsed there was not a single image that I didn't enjoy. Wonderful collection.

Panoramio is intended for landscape images, but there are many photographers who contribute who upload "art" images as I do occasionally, and others who eventually left Panoramio to set up their own websites elsewhere.

My "art" tag may find other images of mine that you may appreciate also.

Warm regards,


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