mining Tag

Wow. Last night saw the presentation of pictures and commentary by Hugh Brown over at Friday's Studio. It was an event sponsored by Canon and Camera Electronic to showcase some of the work Hugh has done in desperate places throughout the world - mostly concerned with the human side of mining or mineral recovery in remote places. Note: " remote " is the wrong word. Every one of the places that Hugh photographed or showed us is plain old home to someone. If it is a hard and difficult home, that still doesn't make it alien ground. And the people who live and work there are all-too-human. Hugh has a penchant for mining as it forms part of his own background, and also has the necessary photographer's skills to make the business of photojournalism into an aesthetic exercise. His books and some of the images that were screened show this - but you can never go past the human conditions and the drama of the mines to get to just pretty pictures. Frankly, there were pictures we saw that were not pretty, but...