I found it on a walk with friends. As we walked down the trail it slowly appeared and loomed over the treetops. It was a massive coal pile sitting alone in the middle of the woods. It pointed to the area’s past of industrialization and even though it sounds bland, its massive size and mountain-like appearance gave it an alluring quality. After poking around for a while, we made our way off the trail and found a way to venture to the luminous black mountain. It looked like a scene from a movie or maybe the surface of a distant planet. It contrasted the rest of the area that was filled with lush greenery threaded by the Great Allegheny Passage hiking trail. The huge pile of dark, grainy rock undoubtedly pushed out a huge plot of nature that once stood there before, perchance a beautiful scene that poets would have embellished in ink. Yet, for me to say that this area was uglified by industrialization would be hypocritical as I found it to have a unique appearance. Perhaps though, man doesn’t always pave over nature with something unsightly but every once in awhile paints something appealing over it. In this project man has repurposed and painted over nature, and I in turn have painted over man’s creation with my own imagination.
The images are 8.5x10.8cm Fujifilm FP-100c Polaroids shot using a view camera and painted over using acrylic paint.