Moments of the Heart Photography proudly presents ‘Coal Stories’
Pikeville, KY (September 6, 2019) – It’s a blessed story with a dark side. A legend of brotherhood deep under the mountains. One in which family’s lives depended on it at the risk of their loved ones. It’s the story of a miner and the generations that live its memories forever in their hearts.
“I wanted to capture these stories and share them with the families that cling so dearly to this way of life. It was by far the most beautiful yet emotional set to ever be in my studio, in all my 11 years of business,” said Deneisha Osborne, photographer and owner of Moments of the Heart Photography, located near Dorton in Pike County. “I witnessed miners greeting each other knowing the common bond, wives’ eyes filling with tears as the miners shared their stories of joy, heartache, shut-downs, explosions, sickness and even death. Each session was so overwhelming for my family, for my family also has a coal story.”
Osborne’s grandfather, or Poppy, as she calls him, entered the mines when he was 19 years old and was blessed to retire after 43 years underground, following the footsteps of his grandfather before him. Her dad also shares a coal story as a surface miner. She said coal, for her family, has been a way of life for as long as she can remember.
For Osborne, each session brought a personal touch to the miner’s story, every detail down to what equipment was used, what was carried in their dinner bucket, stories of their first jobs, and fun jokes they would play amongst their crew to keep their sanity. Miners spoke of an underground world deep in the heart of these hills, a living made on your hands and knees digging deep to discover a path that no human had ever traveled, miners praying to get out alive to see their loved one’s face or the light of another day. These strong men were dressed in their armor of toe worn boots, heavy belts, dirty hats and a shining light. The mood was serious as each miner stepped in front of the camera or as the smile of a child peeked through because they were getting to use “daddie’s” or “grandpa’s” possessions, said Osborne.
“This will forever be a treasure in my studio and I’m so glad I was blessed to share these stories. Once these stories took social media by surprise, an outpouring of love and support from coal families requested we bring our set back so that they could share this experience with their loved ones as well,” said Osborne. We are thrilled to announce that our 2020 season opener will be “Coal Stories” mini sessions. These sessions will take place on January 11th and 12th, then will go into our retired sessions vault.”
Sessions are currently booking now, for more details please see the “Moments of the Heart Photography” Facebook page for booking details.