16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Hawk's Nest West Virginia
One of the most beautiful stretches of mountains and river within West Virginia, The New River Gorge stretches across more than a third of the state, comprised of stunning natural landscapes that have endured the Industrial Revolution's thirst for wood, coal and natural resources for the last 100+ years; while the forest and river now reclaim the tired, decaying coal mine towns sprinkled throughout the region. The only active link to this previous man-made intervention is the railroad that follows the river and connects the east coast with the mid-west and now bypasses these local haunts from the past.
This collage image speaks to the delicate relationship of man and machine within nature, the struggle of both to hang-on and survive, while altering each others course in the process.
© todd halamka.
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||Nov. 28, 2018, 8:58 p.m.
||Canon EOS 5D Mark III