Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 1

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 1.
The images on this page were taken during 2002/3 in a Mine near to the village of Chacewater. The workings here date back to the 1880’s when the mine closed, however they were re-entered at later times in the mine’s history during the 1980’s.
The colours underground caused by mineral deposits can be incredible, when using Black and White film the impact of this is lost. However, the detail and atmosphere of a monochrome image can really capture the “feel” of the Mine.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 1

Dave descending the shaft into the workings, around 220ft to surface.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 1

This mine can be quite wet, this is Dave following the passage into the workings.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 1

The timbering in this mine is extensive, difficult to believe some are over 100 years old.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 1

Dave looking down the passage to deep adit level.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 1

One of the Ore Chutes within the mine workings.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 1

More huge timbers and an ore wagon that has been here since the mine closed, an amazing sight to see.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 1

A second image of the wagon looking into the stope behind.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 1

The instability of old workings is always a concern when underground.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 1

Dave entering one of the stopes, I love this image, it’s like Dave is entering the dark unknown.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 1

The stope from the other side, and people think it’s small underground !

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 1

Some of the underground sights in this mine are breathtaking, the hanging wall on this stope is certainly one of them.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 1

The only noise you want to hear underground is dripping water, anything else usually occurs with the word “RUN”.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 1

The pillar holding up the roof of the stope is very impressive.

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 1

With the sloping roof the timbering here is awe inspiring.

Cornish Mining Underground

Whilst the camera was on “B” I had Dave fire the flash manually to produce the silhouette effect on this image.

Cornish Mining Underground

Dave making his way out of the shaft, we always hang a ladder down the shaft to make getting out easier and safer.

Cornish Mining Underground

Any underground trip is interesting, but with the dangers it’s always a relief to get out of the shaft safely

Cornish Mine Gallery Underground 2

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