Lost on the Road to Oblivion: The Vanishing Beauty of Coal Country is a project in which Galie immersed himself in order to reclaim his sense of home and search for the truth embodied in that yearning. His work takes the viewer on a journey through the Southern Appalachians while documenting the practice of mountaintop removal, as well as its collateral fallout, in a series of images depicting an endangered natural environment. Galie’s photographs pose the question: 'Should years of environmental regulations be overruled in an attempt to stimulate the economy by allowing mountaintop removal to continue?'

This project which is now an exhibition is in collaboration with North Carolina Poet Laureate and Appalachian State University English Professor Joseph Bathanti. Bathanti has responded to Galie’s photographs with a suite of poems that will also be displayed during the exhibition.

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