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Haunting Footage of Appalachia's Lost Coal Towns

Ransom Riggs

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.