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this earth is burning under her feet…centralia, pa

centralia, pa is a ghost town in columbia county nestled between different coal mining towns. In 1962, fire had spread underneath the town through the town’s mining tunnels.

A day trip with Delaware County Hikers and Adventurers to Centralia, PA.. a ghost town with only a few souvenirs from its past

We were looking for areas where smoke was rising from the earth & ended up walking down the closed section of Pennsylvania route 61 which started to collapse in the 90s as the fire was raging underneath and causing the road to cave.

We finally take a walk around what is left of the main drag in Centralia, PA.
Unfortunately we did not find as many places with smoke coming out of the ground as we hoped. The only area with smoke rising from the ground appears at the beginning of the video.

All the music you hear in the video was written and played by Nic Bommarito.

You may recall a similar mining town, Rhyolite in NV, which disappeared years ago.

By Kinan Faham

Kinan Faham(the Silent Camera) is a software guy with interests in visual and sonic arts. Through photography and video, he captures the extraordinary in the ordinary.

His renderings bring out the beauty of his subjects in unexpected ways. With films, usually accompanied by music, the viewer is often overcome with many mixed emotions.

Kinan was born in the oldest continually inhabited city in the world and moved to the states for graduate school in 2006. He has been in the Boston area since 2016. Prior to Boston, Kinan lived in NY, CT and PA.

For him, art is a hobby that also forms an essential, inseparable part of his being..

He says, "I capture the world in still motion..."

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