What We Leave Behind

The abandoned coal mines of Alberta

Steven Dixon’s work in this series documents the decay of industry, in this case the coal mine surface buildings around Nordegg, and the Crowsnest Pass in southern Alberta. The archaeological record of how man influences his environment reveals a legacy of abandoned industrial structures such as mines, mills and factories, and their related town sites.

Dixon uses the photography technique known as photogravure, an etching process in which the artist creates a print from a copper plate. With its imperfections, wide range of tonalities, and exceptional ability to render textural detail, photogravure allows for photographs of depth and an archival feel, giving them a sense of permanence and refinement.

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