a: Photography ~
b: into the mineshaft

What: ""Photography is like going into the mineshaft", says Roger Ballen, and well he should know. As a geologist, his fieldwork sometimes has taken him 2 kilometers under the earth's surface, in search of diamonds, gold, and other minerals. These subterranean pursuits have deeply influenced him, supporting his artistic development, which he likens to a psychological descent into the mine. As his work has progressed, the excavation continues - time and again he masterfully brings up to the surface what he finds buried in the orebody of his unconsciousness, this is the endless challenge of his practice. "

Writer: Roger Ballen
Date: Jun 6 2014 6:33 PM

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