CWMYSTWYTH MINES, Ceredigion 2015

Notes on CWMYSTWYTH MINES, Ceredigion 2015

Each visit and one feels Cwmystwyth Mines are a little more decimated, the height of the buildings just that little lower than previous visits. One cannot help also but lament the removal of the large corrugated finishing mill and indeed, the flattening of the other buildings by the council some time in the late 1990's. An opportunity missed, one feels, when you consider the interest in the mining heritage of Wales.
I came here on this visit to photograph the cottages on the opposite side of the valley. The opposite of the valley was cold, the ground solid with frost, the sun yet to reach. I was happy to cross the river and wander around the heaps and ruins. The sun brought warmth and also a few photographic possibilities. The image here, perhaps looks a little overworked but nonetheless, this is actually a straight print from the negative - the sun is blocked, the light harsh and this causes the mass of the wall to record mostly as a black silhouette thanks to a short exposure time.
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CORRUGATED IRON BUILDING, Devil's Bridge, Ceredigion 2003

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