Stairwell Gallery, Bloomsburg, PA May 1

Fractured: the shale play   photo©Nina Berman 2011

Join me for an artist talk along with photographers Brian Cohen and Noah Addis as part of the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project exhibition on view through June 8, 2013 at the Stairwell Gallery @ the Moose Exchange in Bloomsburg, PA.

Wednesday May 1
203 West Main Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone: 570-317-2596

NYC Photo Salon – Wed February 20

Fractured: the shale play

Join me Wed night for a presentation of work from Fractured: the Shale Play at the NYC Photo Salon monthly series.

Time: 6:30 pm to 9pm

Soho Photo Gallery
15 White Street
NYC 10013
Take A, C, or E to Canal or #1 to Franklin St.

$10 cover charge

For more info contact:

©Nina Berman 2011, All Rights Reserved

Marcellus Shale Documentary Project: Exhibition Opening

The Marcellus Shale Documentary project debuts its traveling exhibition today with an opening at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Six photographers and Laura Domencic from the Pittsburgh Arts Council, joined forces to make this exhibition, book and website.

See a story on the New York Times Lens Blog, on PublicSource and the project’s website.
Noah Addis
Nina Berman
Brian Cohen
Scott Goldsmith
Lynn Johnson
Martha Rial

Above photo ©Nina Berman 2011, All Rights Reserved

Fracking – the night sky

I was up in frack land again having a look at the night sky. It’s only at night that the full impact of drilling activities can be seen. As the sky darkens, the industrial lights, rigs, and flares appear on the horizon and reconfigure the landscape. The illuminations are like magnets. In the company of residents who know the terrain and are similarly fixated on night crawling, I point my car in the direction of these pockets of light that rise from the darkened hills. When it’s foggy, the sky animates. Quick flickers, the fall off from flaring, turn the sky orange. I chase the flares down dirt roads which reveal scenes of tremendous disruption. A rig and a flare, breathing and billowing, another flare behind the hills. Empty homes lit by the fire, one abandoned after the water turned bad. The flares are loud and uneven, they swoosh and erupt, and then die down to blaze again. No people can be seen. The mystery of this light, of what lies at the end of the dirt road, or over the hill, is what first struck me and continues to pull me back.

All photos ©Nina Berman 2011, All Rights Reserved

Fracking – New York hearings – an update

Today and tomorrow will be the last public hearings on New York State’s plan to allow hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking.

Tuesday 11/29, 1-4 pm and 6-9 pm
Sullivan County Community College, Seelig Theatre, 112 College Road, Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
Wednesday 11/30, 1-4 pm and 6-9 pm
Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007

I’m eager to see what will happen as I’ve immersed myself in this issue since January, exploring shale gas exploration in PA.
I’ve written a few stories on the subject, see here and here and on the the blog.

Below are some recent images taken in Pennsylvania in Bradford and Susquehanna counties.

All photos ©Nina Berman 2011, All Rights Reserved, may not be copied or published without permission.

Fracking in Pennsylvania, a first look

I’ve been spending some time the last few months in Pennsylvania looking at the fracking industry (natural gas extraction) and its impact on rural life there. The rush to drill down and explode the ground in pursuit of energy is radically reshaping the landscape and the political and social structure. For some, it’s an economic windfall. For others, a personal nightmare. There are many important issues of public and private space, clean water, clean air, affordable housing, government accountability (or lack there of). In my few visits I’ve encountered some extraordinary and dedicated people. Photographically, I am just beginning, but hope to work in the region for the rest of this year if not longer. For a quick read on the issue, see my piece published in AlterNet. All photos ©Nina Berman 2011. For information contact NOOR images.