Romance of Mining

Mining in the Colorado Plateau has changed the visual landscapes of the region. This portrait series is an attempt at reclaiming these landscapes—which are often considered unsightly, dangerous, and decrepit—as romanticized backdrops for the people who live there. I photographed the mines in several visits across the state: from the Rio Tinto Kennecott copper mine near Salt Lake City to the potash tailing ponds in Moab. All of the subjects in the portraits are residents of Green River, UT.


The Romance of Mining is a body of work that explores the intersection of natural history, land use, and the human impulses for love, control, and conflict. This work was made possible by Epicenter.