In 2011, I quit my job and went home to Ghana for a break. My dad, his buddy and I drove up to the hometown, Hwidiem, which was in the middle of a giant gold rush. I hadn’t been there since I was 8 yrs old. I knew law wasn’t my future, but I didn’t realize this home journey was a precursor of what the future would look like. I hadn’t started studying metal smithing yet! With my camera, I spent a week documenting the Hometown and I want to share some of the images of the Gold experience with you. I met some great miners and dealers: men of the business and the hustle. I saw gold in it’s natural essence. In a spiritual way, I believe this re-enforces my bond with the noble metal. Especially when I see it so far from the earth on 47th Street. Just like sometimes we have to know where our food is from, it’s good to know where our metals and stones are from. There has to be an appreciation of the labor that gets us to the jewelry object. Put a humanity to the material. (Extracted gold covered in some kinda metal. I believe it was mercury. This metal coats the gold in the soil, so the galamseys know it’s gold.) I hope you’ll enjoy this series. #charltonandlola #gold #instaphoto #photojournalism #Ghana #goldrush #happymonday #lovegoldlive (at Hwidiem, Brong-Ahafo, Ghana)

In 2011, I quit my job and went home to Ghana for a break. My dad, his buddy and I drove up to the hometown, Hwidiem, which was in the middle of a giant gold rush. I hadn’t been there since I was 8 yrs old. I knew law wasn’t my future, but I didn’t realize this home journey was a precursor of what the future would look like. I hadn’t started studying metal smithing yet! With my camera, I spent a week documenting the Hometown and I want to share some of the images of the Gold experience with you. I met some great miners and dealers: men of the business and the hustle. I saw gold in it’s natural essence. In a spiritual way, I believe this re-enforces my bond with the noble metal. Especially when I see it so far from the earth on 47th Street. Just like sometimes we have to know where our food is from, it’s good to know where our metals and stones are from. There has to be an appreciation of the labor that gets us to the jewelry object. Put a humanity to the material. (Extracted gold covered in some kinda metal. I believe it was mercury. This metal coats the gold in the soil, so the galamseys know it’s gold.) I hope you’ll enjoy this series. #charltonandlola #gold #instaphoto #photojournalism #Ghana #goldrush #happymonday #lovegoldlive (at Hwidiem, Brong-Ahafo, Ghana)