Topic commissioned me to travel to Butte, Montana to photograph The Berkeley Pit for a story
on toxic tourism as part of their August 2018 issue focused on the environment. I spent several
days documenting a variety of tourists looking out at the Berkeley Pit, which is a toxic body
of water steadily rising since Butte’s open pit mining ended in 1982. My objective was to
create artful, humorous images that capture the surreal juxtaposition of Butte’s tourism
and proud mining identity, as well as the proposed cleanup efforts spearheaded by the city
(a Superfund site) and present-day mining company, Montana Resources. The story was reported
with writer Justin Nobel and can be viewed here.