Photographs from England's Peak District, 1993-1995
Historically the main industries of "The Peak" have been mining and quarrying. Both of these are now mostly defunct. Coal mining has long since ceased to be a lucrative business and while some quarrying still takes place, many quarries have been abandoned or relegated to producing small amounts of low-cost materials such as aquarium gravel.
Dilapidated factories, unused quarries, and burned-out railway buildings create a visually intriguing, "archeologic" geography. I continue to be drawn to this area of England for its conjunction of industrial culture and raw natural beauty. The landscape is filled with remnants of human presence and industry. Objects left behind and changes wrought on the land amplify the loneliness of scattered villages and rocky moors.