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Portrait photography today has evolved somewhat with the invention of strobe lighting, faster aperture lenses, low ISO film and digital photography. The learning curve for portrait photography has been dramatically accelerated as photographers can see their results in real time. The result is an influx of new talent onto the world stage. This is of course incredible for the arts as a whole and it means photographers have to be laser focussed with their vision to stand out amongst the crowd.

The abolitionists who have brought me to this illegal operation refuse to go down the dilapidated shaft – an abandoned mine that has been taken over by small-scale outlaw operators after the legitimate owners have moved on. Instead, some of the miners in this “gang” of eight men agree to let me accompany them underground.

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