In 2010 I embarked on a unique project to photographically document the lives of this planet’s 30 million men, women and children mining by hand.

It is a project that has taken me to some of the world’s most dangerous, remote and spectacular locations.  

And it has tested every element of my mental, physical and spiritual being just to stay alive, let-alone execute an immensely complex major project.

But nothing worth giving in life is easy and a big part of my DNA is making a contribution.  Doing what feels worthwhile.

I’ve termed this project “Our Cruellest Earth: Man’s Quest for a Better Life”.  Because ultimately we can all learning something from these miners.  We are all miners at heart.