Rows of old coal worker’s boots in an old abandoned coal breaker in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA. The Room of Lost Soles is filled with these old boots and only memories of those who worked here when the coal industry was booming. The breaker closed in the early 1960s. Much of Schuylkill County’s heritage is rooted in the Anthracite mining industry.
Canon EOS 60D – Sigma 10-20mm lens
HDR/Photomatix Pro, Painterly Effect, 3 exposures: -2, 0, +2


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  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 1 year ago

    Wonderful moving shot Lori.

  • BigD
    BigDover 1 year ago

    Excellent work, Lori

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 1 year ago

    Very cool, love the industrial setting, the angle and pov of your shot, and how those boots are just so illuminated! Excellent composition and exposure!

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 1 year ago

  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago


  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 1 year ago

    Great shot!

  • Forfarlass
    Forfarlassover 1 year ago

    Great composition The boots and the history you have given brings the photo to life xxx

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 1 year ago

    Excellent shot and very appropriate title!!

  • Albert
    Albertover 1 year ago


  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineover 1 year ago

    Very evocative image, perhaps there’s added meaning when one notices the tagging on the wall
    done by people with too much empty time in their lives!

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