The Merciless World of Mining, Made Beautiful in Abstract Photos | Raw File | Wired.com
We’ve been cutting chunks of marble out of the mountains of Vermont since 1785. The continent’s first commercial marble quarry was cut into Mount Aeolus, and stonecutters came from all over the world to work its stone throughout the 19th century.
Hoving has spent 30 years in Vermont, and the series Working Stone chronicles and celebrates the industry. She shot at many sites, including Middlebury Quarry, Danby Quarry (the largest underground marble quarry in the world) and Rock of Ages Quarry in Barre.
“Quarries are usually tucked away from the roads,” she recounts. “As you enter, sublime landscapes open up. I love the sense of entering into the surface of the earth, or even below it, as is the case in the underground quarry I have photographed.”
“Photographs of inactive quarries are deceptive,” she says. “What lies beneath the attractive green pools are the leftover detritus of the quarry: Old cables, derricks, sheds, ladders–anything too difficult or expensive to pull out is left behind. So the question of returning to nature is problematic. Perhaps over eons the material left in the quarries will indeed break down and the places will return to the natural order, but that’s not going to happen in my lifetime.”