I've made dozens of trips like this. I'm a videographer for a great company that manufactures underground mining equipment. Our photographer and I are off to Green River Wyoming to tape and photograph a longwall mining system. We then drive to Henderson, KY and go underground at another mine.
It's interesting work and we see places few people see, but what is probably more remarkable is that two women make up this team. I don't go underground as much as I used to but our main cameraman, Pete (whose footage you may have seen on Modern Marvels and the History Channel) is working for us in Poland this week.
If you read this and wonder "what's remarkable about two women going underground", I would be pleased to hear it. It would be a measure for me about how far things have come since my career began in Armed Forces Radio and Television in 1979. Then, there were few women in any form of media production and when I reported in, the station manager said, "You should know the broad in broadcasting does not stand for women." And when I first started going underground nearly 14 years ago, few mines even had a women's bathroom. I heard, more than once, that it had traditionally been considered unlucky for a woman to be underground.
I've witnessed the evolution of two industries - the media - and mining. So, join me on this trip and I'll share a little bit of what I've seen and what I'm seeing now.