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John K

AGE: 32
OCCUPATION: Mechanical Engineer, Graduate Student.


John’s interest in mining derives from time spent exploring regions of the country where geologic activity has concentrated, and mankind has removed, the resources indispensable in the creation our “modern” lifestyle. These resources-gold and silver in the Rocky Mountains, iron in the Adirondack region of New York and anthracite coal in Northeastern Pennsylvania-and the ways they were mined, processed and transported present a fascinating study in creative design and provide evocative, sublime landscapes that have become the focal point of his photography.

“I have always been fascinated by the ways others have solved problems. Historic structures, machines and landscapes all have an incredible story to tell. They speak to both the creative ability of mankind and also its ability to devastate. The history of anthracite mining, with its elaborate shafts and tunnels deep beneath the ground and radically altered landscapes on the surface, gives us examples of both ingenuity as well as ignorance. Whether these past actions are presently seen as “good” or “bad” is irrelevant-these works need to be preserved for future generations to draw their own conclusions from, as sources of both inspiration and as reminders of the unintended effects of past endeavors.”

“And of course there’s just something really amazing about exploring places that have been long forgotten.... places that really give us a sense of how different our lifestyle and surroundings are today.... places that are so radically different from those we encounter on a daily basis.”

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