Carl Galie is a North Carolina photographer who left his home in the West Virginia coalfields in 1986 to follow a dream. For the last 15 years Carl has devoted his work to conservation issues. Working with organizations like Roanoke River Partners, The Roanoke River Basin Association, and The North Carolina Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Carlâ€™s photographs of the Roanoke River basin have helped protect and preserve that region since 1995.
He is currently documenting the vanishing beauty of coal country, focusing his attention on the devastating affect mountaintop removal of coal is having on our nationâ€™s water resources. â€œLost on the Road to Oblivion, The Vanishing Beauty of Coal Countryâ€ is a home coming for him, and his search for truth. Torn between his coal mining family roots and saving the mountains he loves, Carl finds himself struggling between the need for jobs, and the protection of an ecosystem that is being destroyed in the name of corporate profits. Carl was awarded the first Art For Conservation Grant in August 2010 for his work on mountaintop removal.
Selected images from his traveling exhibit â€œLost On The Road To Oblivion, The Vanishing Beauty Of Coal Countryâ€ appear in this gallery and 10% of his selling price will be split and donated to Appalachian Voices and the National Committee For The New River, his conservation partners on this project.
10% of the profits from my work goes to support Appalachian Voices and National Committee For The New River.