Harvesting Limestone

PhotographerTom Duffy
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

The limestone in south central Indiana is the highest quality in the country, known for the consistent color and the lack of blemishes. It was selected for use in building the National Cathedral, Pentagon, Empire State Building, and over twenty-three state capitals. While quarrying seriously mars the earth, there is great pride in the limestone by both the communities and the workers, many of whom are third generation I have been photographing in the Indiana Limestone Company quarries for two summers seeking to capture the tension of beauty and destruction. The men (only men) are central to the story and so their cutting into the earth is featured in the photographs.

About Photographer

I am a self taught photographer who left photography to earn a living and then returned in 2000 with the advent of digital and being better able to manage my time. I have taken workshops with, among others, Will Clay, Peter Turnley, John Sexton and Charles Cramer. I have been president of a co-op fine arts gallery in Bloomington (Gallery North). My work has been displayed at Indiana Museum of Art, SWOPE Gallery, Grenwald Gallery, Kremp Gallery, Gallery 7 (Joliet, IL). I have also actively participated in the summer art fair circuit in the midwest.