I photographed Vanessa (3rd generation miner) and her Scoop Tram 10 years ago next month. I have also been lucky enough to photograph her sister and dad who are both in the Mining Industry with Vale as well. This was before high visibility PPE was required at Vale at all times while on site in Ontario which changed from blue to high vis orange on July 1st 2016.
I spent the day yesterday photographing some reclamation progress at the Kokkinolakkas site in Stratoni Greece. The reclamation of a mine site brings new growth, colors and opportunities for new inhabitants.
The leading lines created by the boom brings your eyes directly to the heart of the image as well as the heart of the equipment…………the operator. I think this is why I find the jumbo so appealing to photograph. The ambient light from the deck throws just enough illumination to light the booms without overpowering the surrounding environment where you might lose the line of sight due to the business of the whole scene.
Of course this is purely a photographers point of view but there is an essence of “art” within specific images created in the underground world.
Good luck to all the Sudbury Mine Rescue Teams competing in the Ontario Mine Rescue Competition today. Teams from Sudbury Ontario include Vale West Mines, Vale East Mines, KGHM, and Glencore Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations. Visit Imrc2016.ca for more information. #imrc2016
I had the honor of photographing the Sudbury Mine Rescue District Competition that took place at the Lively Arena back in 2014.