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Work-in-Progress - Welcome to my photo exhibition project, "A Town called Cobalt...". The project aims to explore the artistic vision around the concept of "Blue". Cobalt, a mineral often found alongside silver, is the focal point of my photographs. The town of Cobalt used to be a silver mining capital of Canada until the early 1900s, and since the decline of the mining industry, the town has seen a drastic change in population, with only 1500 residents remaining, from 12,000. The color blue has a double implication of being both serene and gloomy, which is fitting for this old and heavily polluted town. However, Cobalt still has traces of its past in the form of old rustic headframes, mine sites, tailings, and equipment, all set amidst beautiful landscapes. These remnants form a part of the Cobalt Mining District Historic Site of Canada, which has drawn famous Canadian artists such as the Group of Seven. My camera has documented every public site along the Heritage Silver Trail, guiding visitors through the cobalt landmarks, sites, and scenic landscapes. The trail retells the history and identifies the important landmarks of the once-booming town. In recent years, there has been renewed interest in finding other rare earth minerals used in new, environmentally friendly batteries. As a result, a new battery refinery is being built in the region. Through my exhibition, I aim to capture the essence of the color blue and the beauty of Cobalt, a quaint town with a rich past and a hopeful future. I invite you to join me in this visual journey, as we explore a town called Cobalt and marvel at all it has to offer.
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