‘Industrial Scars’, by J. Henry Fair

“The Cover Up” (2005).

Photographer J. Henry Fair surveys, from an bird’s-eye view, landscapes under duress in Industrial Scars. He writes:

Industrial Scars is an aesthetic look at some of our most egregious injuries to the system that sustains us in hopes that the viewer will come away with an innate understanding of her complicity and a will to make a difference.

The following description accompanies the image of hydro-seeding above:

The forested mountains, valleys and streams that once stood here are now buried beneath the overburden from mountaintop removal coal mining.  It is leveled and then sprayed with a mixture of grass seed and fertilizer.  This satisfies the EPA regulations on mitigation.

‘The Morning News’ has a gallery of photographs as well as an interview with Fair.

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