A #coal miner takes a rest on top of an open mine in north #Afghanistan . A potential source of energy in a country that still relies on petrol-run-generators in between regular black outs, Kabul is yet to secure its roads.
Isolated and remote, the coal mine is a terrain much distant from anything. All workers are migrants who have traveled far to work here. After researching on the story for a year, I arrived in Pol-i-Khomli, a crossroad town north of Kabul and south of the Tajikistan border, and yet not sure the exact location of the mine. It was in important story since the Afghan economy depends on it, as much as other things. It is not about #poverty or social class but about economic power to re-transform a country from #war to society making.
Yet, I was prepared. I was determined to find it, and to convince anyone to let me work. I went to the market, bought used clothes, and plastic bags to cover my camera bodies. Then, before the end of day, I searched for a driver. Every stories comes with its conditions and as long as you play with the rules and show an interest in the lives of the people you're working with, results are bound to happen.
The following day, the driver dropped me at the mine. I searched for the engineers who received me and listen to what I was looking for. I came at the right time since crews were busy working in and out of the shaft. Not all the #labors let me take their photos. I placed myself in their shoes and understand that it can be embarrassing to be photographed in dirty clothes and in these conditions. I worked and formed friendships with the miners who accepted my presence. Yet, they would not always understand the power of #photojournalism and the way we utilize it. Image All Rights Reserved @BebREYNOL - Delta Geographic. More on the story: http://www.deltageographic.com/coalmine.html
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