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Haunting Footage of Appalachia's Lost Coal Towns

Ransom Riggs
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Photographer Jim LoScalzo went to rediscover the lost coal mining towns of Appalachia, but instead of just taking pictures, he shot video. I love the way he blends sound and images with subtle editing to create mood you can't get with a photo slideshow alone. And even though most of his shots are of still objects, with the camera set on a tripod, the subtlest bits of movement in the frame, like a gentle snow falling, give the images a life they wouldn't have had otherwise. Mesmerizing and haunting.

Ghosts in the Hollow from Jim Lo Scalzo on Vimeo.

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