This series began as part of a documentary project for my Graduate Studies. Initially I approached this project as a way to more fully understand the industry as a whole. Over the months of working closely with the workers, I found that each of them shared a special connection to each other and the earth. Ever so slowly I came to appreciate and understand the special connection and deep passion that these workers shared for their chosen profession.
Artistically, I made the decision to use a surreal approach in much of this body of work for cohesion and unity while using a strong contrast throughout the series to tie together the different images and create the visual tension that is ever present in the world of the miner; while the surreal imagery more clearly expresses the movement and energy that is ever present.
In all, more than 11,000 tons of rocks are mined every day in an operation that runs 5 days a week, 24 hours a day and working shifts that can last more than ...
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