Abandoned Mine Lands, Reclamation, and AMD from Above-Peter Stern

This year, over our Friday afternoon lunch, the PA AMR Conference Planning Committee through a brief introduction made by EPCAMR with a regional artist who was on his way to a local University in the Back Mountain of Northeastern PA to give a presentation on Aerial Photography and Abandoned Mine Lands, we’ll be enjoying a visually stimulating presentation as we eat. His name is Peter Stern. He is an aviator by hobby, who has flown the Coal Region of PA photographing the landscape utilizing aerial photography. 

For more information please see the January 2010 edition of Aerial Photography Magazine article: Photographing the Pennsylvania Coal Region

Here’s a short YOUTUBE video link of some of his photos with background music and some narration.

and another video, “Aerial Image Mining” is now up on Vimeo: 

About the Artist

Peter Stern’s love of flying began at age 15 when he took flying lessons near his hometown of Crawfordsville, IN. This love was reignited when he discovered ultralights at an airpark on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 2003. Stern’s love of artmaking began when he was in his 20s when he started taking nature photographs in New England and studying photography at Johnson State College in Vermont. In time, he integrated his loves through aerial photography.

An essay by Stern describing how flying, photography, and acupuncture have contributed to his sobriety and healing path is posted on the Tai Sophia Web site.  (Talk about a great personal story that is uplifting….here’s one!) Read “Aerial Photography and the Healing Arts.”

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