I have been busy continuing work on my research project which is due in soon. It relates to this post from November, looking into the economic landscape of one of the poorest counties in the UK, Cornwall. Since then I have tweaked and amended parts of the project to follow a more focused direction for the project to go. When reviewing the images I took in Redruth I found them to disassociate themselves with Cornwall, without any text it was not immediately obvious where the images were taken. Therefore, I went to Camborne which is home to the mining trails designed to take the walker past the old engine houses and mine shafts. It became clear that these types of images were essential for this project to make my viewers aware this was related to Cornwall and to shoot scenes unique to this county.
As well as looking at the history and evidence of a strong mining industry, my travels also took me to St Austell, home to the China Clay industry. These amazing geological scenes showed a different side to Cornwall, it was amazing to see the pits still in use. I didn’t realise how much China Clay is used in everyday items like toothpaste and car interior plastics.
The aim of this project is to simply make people aware of what a strong industrial past this county has had. The fact that mining is so strong in other parts of the world like South America and Australia meant that by the 1970’s many miners left Cornwall, along with their Cornish invented mining tools for chance of succeeding. It is incredible to think that a lot of skill and technique from this county in the corner was passed down to the local miners of these countries today, including of course Cornish pasties!
In many respects the project is also for my own personal undertaking, it forms a great excuse to visit and explore parts of this fascinating and varied landscape before I leave it. The fact that I can make the images count for something special is a bonus, a homage to our hard working ancestors.
Please visit my website for more images taken as part of the project! Thanks.