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rocker shovel
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Published: October 7, 2005
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taken at the kennecott copper mine in SLC, utah.

on the edge of the gigantic pit, located behind a two-story truck tire, are rusting bits of old mining machinery. the spirit of *Sylderon took ahold of me and I was moved to get a shot of this decrepit rocker shovel, which up until the early 1950s moved loads of ore and fill out of what is now the largest man-made pit in the world.

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I'm flattered; I've never been credited as an influence before (at least not in a positive way:giggle:). Very nice shot. I like the funky rotary valve in the center.
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as an engineer, I believe you have an appreciation of industrial aesthetic that lies beyond comprehension of shape. you know function. you look at the busted pieces of a crane and in your mind piece together the block and tackle; the cam mechanism of a pumper rotates in multiple dimensions in your head; you know the fabrication of building materials...

what happens when you give an engineer a camera? something wonderful.
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