In spite of awareness about the impact of coal, some know little about the lives of those who produce it and live in the effects. With profound compassion and respect I provide some insight into their world. I explore the evidence of an American ideological past and the nostalgia that exists within the way of life and traditions encompassing coal. An underlying connection exists to my subjects through the air we breathe and the resources we take from the land.—Justin Kaneps
In Our Veins is San Franciso-based photographer Justin Kaneps’ series exploring the interdependency between the American coal industry and its surrounding Appalachian communities. Focusing on the socioeconomic impact the industry has on these mining communities, Kaneps provides a thorough look at a rural environment and its people in transition, while addressing that while coal production is problematic, it’s also a “longstanding staple in Appalachian culture and economy.”
Kaneps was selected as one of the Magenta Foundations Flash Forward Emerging Photographers for 2013.