Lens artist’s Photo Challenge #199: Mechanical/Industrial

Johnbo has tasked us with finding images of the unNatural, ie mechanica/Industrial. Where better to start than with Cornwall’s tin mining heritage….but alas I only have the shells of the engine houses that once housed massive beam engines, those mechanical behemoths, used for pumping water out of thee mines You’ll have to use your imagination

Wheal Coates, near St Agnes, mid 80s

Nearer to home I found a restored waterwheel..first you see the paddles of the wheel, then we peer into the greasy mechanical workings:

Next up we’re off to look at some old lifts in Havana, Cuba- I recall having to be crash landed at each floor by the lift operator in the first one as the mechanism no longer lined up:

Now for an old fashioned funicular in Umbria (but to be honest, not sure how much is mmechanical):

And finally, a bit of industry in Ecuador…loading Tuna into cargo containers ready for distribution:


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  1. So nice to see Wheal Coates again. 😍 Your experience in those misaligned lifts sounds positively scary. 😟

  2. The Cornish mines are always a joy. Good selection, Sue.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Oh Sue, you have some fun photos for the lens-artists challenge 😀 😀

  4. Very interesting collection. The funicular looks like cages on a line. 😃 But I like your first photo from Cornwall best. It’s obvious that it is a relatively new ruin yet it has a very similar feel of thousand-year-old ruins of medieval castles. Neat.

  5. A varied and interesting collection of industrial applications. Nice work.

  6. Mechanical or not, I love the funicular, Sue.

  7. I think I’ve been in those cages – is that Gubbio?

  8. Ha! Great selections. Love the lifts, and the funicular! I wonder if ogres or donkeys are in the wheel house turning the cable? 🤷‍♂️😱😂

  9. I enjoyed your diverse gallery, Sue.

  10. I will admit Sue that several of these inventions would not be on my list of things to try – especially the last! some fine finds for the week.

  11. A lot of interesting photos for the theme and the tuna being loaded was my fav today

  12. Amy

    Wonderful selections for this theme, Sue. So much we depend on machines. 🙂

  13. I love the tin mine shot! And that funicular – I’m wondering if it’s in Gubbio as that’s the only place I’ve encountered a stand-up one like that?

  14. The bird cage funicular is pretty cool, though I am sure anyone with vertigo would hate it!

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