Frontcountry by Lucas Foglia documents people living in the midst of a modern mining boom

Via Creative Boom submission. All images courtesy of the artist and via the Gallery

Between 2006 and 2013, photographer Lucas Foglia travelled throughout rural Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming, some of the least populated regions in the United States.

Frontcountry is a photographic account of people living in the midst of a mining boom that is transforming the modern American West. Foglia's work is driven by a desire to tell stories, it conveys an understanding of the land as a resource and an inquisitiveness as to how people make a living from it. The images feel rooted in the romance of the American landscape, yet his work has a signature that always refers back to its inhabitants, reflecting the artist's personable nature and patient observation. His practice continues in the line of previous American social documentary photographers whose work, in book and print form, is intended as a prolonged and measured examination of a theme.

"This little town has nothing. It’s dying on the vine. But when the company opens a mine here, it’ll bring jobs and make everything bigger and better. There are people who want that boost to the community. I’m not one of them. The mine will ruin this mountain and you’ll never find land this beautiful anywhere else."Randy Stowell, Big Springs Ranch, Oasis, Nevada 2012.

His work is exhibiting at the Michael Hoppen Gallery until 10th May 2014.