This photograph, from a series, known as ‘The Family of Miners’, by Milton Rogovin, portrays miners from around the world: both at work, and in their home or social environment. Rogovin travelled to Scotland in 1982 at a time when the mines were beginning to close due to competition from North Sea oil production. This elderly gentleman has perhaps spent his life working in the mines. Rogovin has captured him mid-gesture but it is left ambiguous as to what he is exactly doing – perhaps rehearsing a dance or playing darts. The crisp whiteness of his shirt and elegance of his action is in stark contrast to the work he does in the mine.