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Mark Schmerling

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Mark Schmerling

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Nature Photography: human and environmental fallout from fossil fuel extractive industries, but also healthy and beautiful streams, fields and woodlands.

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In the late spring of 2005, I had the great fortune to meet Larry Gibson, a man who had been fighting valiantly since 1986, and who has continued to do so, to save his homeland and his people in the mountains of southern West Virginia. The foe was, and remains, the coal industry, and the corrupt politics that provide its only lifeline. Larry convinced me to attend a rally against mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining, scheduled for that July 30, at the state capitol in Charleston, West Virginia. Since the mid-1990’s, I’d been making scenic photographs, and had occasionally tried to use my photography to address some environmental concerns, but I had no real plan, no solid sense of purpose. See more at

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Sierra Club Magazine

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