Current Project

The busyness of this term has continued and the end of term and Christmas are nearly in sight! Can’t quite believe Christmas is only a month away! My dissertation on Lee Friedlander and the Picturesque Theory is coming along well and is in the finalising stages (what a relief!).

I have been working hard with my practical work too. I am working on the economic landscape of Cornwall, concentrating on the small details in the landscape which hint at this struggle with the economy of one of the poorest counties in the UK. I don’t think Cornwall would be associated with being a poor county with the natural beauty and many tourist attractions of culture and history which attract millions of tourists each year. But of course the problem lies with the fact that we only get a rise in tourists for 3 or 4 months of the year, the rest of the time it is more or less at a low. With so many houses up for sale everyday and people being made redundant all the time from big tourist attractions like the Eden Project and Flambards theme park, it is no surprise the economy is struggling.

So far for the project I have explored a few places including my town, Penryn and Falmouth. I have also visited Goonhilly Earth Station, a place with a lot of history, the site has played a key role in communications events such as the Muhammad Ali fights, the Olympic Games, the 1969 moon landings and 1985’s Live Aid concert. It is now closed down and the satellites, bar one, are slowly being demolished. More recently I spent a day in the town of Redruth, between Truro and Penzance. Redruth has a lot of mining history and was once one of the richest mining towns in Britain. When the mines shut down, many miners emigrated to the newer mining industries in the Americas, Australasia and South Africa. Cornwall’s last fully operational mine, South Crofty in Pool, Camborne closed in March 1998.

Here are a couple of images taken in Redruth:

New development and old mine towers

New development and old mine towers

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