I`ve been working on this project for a while now, it`s a labour of love really. I`m planning to photograph as many Cornish mining ruins as possible and eventually show them locally in exhibition. I don`t quite know what it is about these lonely, crumbling engine house`s and stacks. They offer a haunting glimpse back to another time and place. Photographically I think they are stunning. Add some moody skies or a sunset and you`ve a beautiful, and iconic, Cornish view.
So far I`ve been to a fair few sites. I`m concentrating first on the west Cornwall area (Camborne/Redruth/Penwith) as there is a wealth of material here to capture. I then plan to cast my net further afield and revisit the mines of Caradon where I used to live and explore pre photography days. I`m also sticking to black & white images for the most part. I`ve even dug out the old analogue film camera and am heading to the darkroom for some old style printing from actual negatives!
My results so far have been a cross between landscape and abstract images. I`m trying to portray the subject from both angles. Photos both showing them in a wider view, and details of what I see as beautiful but neglected ghosts of Cornwalls industrial history.
More of the project so far can be viewed here at my Flickr page – http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexwoodhouse/sets/72157629465402723/