Originally from New Jersey, Justin Kaneps is a San Francisco based photographer. In 2011 he began a photographic exploration of America’s coal country thatdeveloped into an impressive series titled “In Our Veins.” Utilizing portraits, landscapes and still lives, Justin’s images reveal the complex relationship between America’s coal communities and their interdependence on the industry. He describes it as a “problematic but longstanding staple in Appalachian culture and economy.” These striking images are an intimate glimpse into life in the American coal country.
“In Our Veins” has recently taken Justin to Tennessee where he completed a two week residency at King College. Selections from this body of work have been exhibited at Laconia Gallery in Boston, MA, The Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA and Gerson Zevi in New York City. His images can be found online on his website http://www.justinkaneps.com/.