Lignite is an examination of ecology and place in the modern industrial landscape of the Latrobe Valley – a location which has been shaped by decades of environmental discourse and mistreatment, largely due to the region’s extended coal mining history.
The work observes the manifestations of human activity within the environment; often juxtaposing the forms of built and natural scenery with observations of subtle intricacies – found among the Latrobe Valley’s lesser explored fringes. Lignite engages its subject matter with a rhetoric that looks at human accountability within the spaces we occupy.
Joshua’s work finds itself contextualized within a history of mine fires that have led to an increased risk of health-issues and mortality among the population – most notably, the Hazelwood fire of 2014.
All images text © Joshua O. Smith
By Joshua O. Smith
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