Coal Industry

This photograph, picturing a tire bulldozer looking off over a cliff into the misty Appalachian Mountains. The scene is flushed with blues, making the browns of the ground and yellow of the bulldozer drab. The bulldozer is the solitary object in the shot, sitting completely still. All of these elements taken together with the contrast of the barren, compact land that the bulldozer itself flattened against the voluminous mountains it is overlooking is menacing. The machine is looking forward into the mountainous horizon, suggesting they may be next to be stripped of their lumber and subjected to mountaintop-removal. The effect evoked is similar to Caspar David Friedrich’s “Wanderer above the Sea Fog.” The beauty of the mountains evokes the same sublime wonder as others in the Primack collection (BCA0271-0085; BCA0271-0881); only this time the bulldozer obscures the scene. The presence the bulldozer commands in the image suggests this beauty is something to be conquered and exploited rather than preserved and cherished.

Townscapes
Coal Industry