PHOTOS: Indonesia's Volcanoes And The Men Who Mine Them For Sulfur

indonesian sulfur miner

Photo: Jesse Estes/Flickr

Indonesian sulfur miners work in still-active volcanoes, earning around only $5 per day.The sulfur they mine is used in everyday products such as fertilizers, insecticides, gunpowder and matches.

Photographer Jesse Estes toured the country last year, snapping pictures of Indonesia’s terrain, focusing on the volcanoes and the men who work in them.

Mount Bromo is an active volcano that last erupted in 2011. Since the eruption, the volcano has been spewing ash, which now covers the ground.

This black-and-white photo of Mount Bromo shows the true scope of the still-active volcano.

At the Ijen volcano complex, Estes encountered a sulfur miner carrying his load. This man wanted cigarettes and kept blocking Estes' photos until Estes gave him cigarettes.

A sulfur miner in East Java, Indonesia, finishes his break before bringing the day's spoils to the weigh scale.

The active crater in Kawah Ijen is 660 feet deep and has a radius of 1,184 feet.

When liquid sulfur catches fire it gives off a blue flame, creating the famous blue fire at Kawah Ijen in East Java, Indonesia.

And then the sun rises, illuminating the majesty of Kawah Ijen

A sulfur miner sits on the Ijen crater in East Java, Indonesia.

Mount Rinjani is an active volcano in Lombok, Indonesia. It's last recorded eruption was during the spring of 2010.

Lombok is home to 3.16 million Indonesians and shares some cultural heritage with neighbouring Bali.

Lombok's indigenous people are primarily Muslim. The island is being developed as Indonesia's second destination for international and domestic tourism.

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