After posting Postcards from my Past 3 about Cornwall’s old mines, I wanted to convert some of the old mine images into monochrome. I decided they looked pretty good, so here they are ….. After the Welsh mines, the Cornish ones played a large part in my love of abandonment and dereliction! And owing to the positioning of some of these near the coast, they really have a romantic feel to them. Never mind that they were downright dangerous – when you are young, it just adds to the appeal. The mine workings of the Crowns mine at Botallack extend quite some way out under the sea….I wouldn’t have thought that was a happy feeling, knowing you were under so much water, in a confined space.
Apropos the Crowns mine, when I was there you could make your way along a precarious narrow path, with the waves crashing below to the furthest ruin on it’s little bit of rock. I tried, but I just didn’t feel brave enough…..had I had someone with me, it might have been different.
The first two images of Wheal Coates were taken by my father as colour slides about 40 years ago, then converted to monochrome by me. All the others were taken by me in the mid 1980s. But I suspect not a great deal will have changed.
As usual, click on any image to start the slideshow: