In the summer of 2007 I began shooting a body of work examining the coal industry in Appalachia. What started as an interest in the modern coal mining process known as mountaintop removal quickly evolved into an extensive study of the social/political institutions surrounding these practices. Above all else, I became interested in surveying the cultural implications of extracting coal from Appalachian Mountains. What I found over the course of the trip was that these coal mining operations had rapidly developed into one of the most destructive and pervasive forms of modern industry in the world.
For more on the impact of coal mining on Appalachia and its people, see my previous post: Leveling Appalachia: The Legacy of Mountaintop Removal Mining (a collaborative effort between Yale Environment 360 and MediaStorm).