Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

Retired Cornish Miner
In Cornwall, this is an iconic image which never fails to move me. Unfortunately I don’t know who took it, but I found it on http://mysaffronbun.com/2011/11/17/a-bleak-day-at-south-crofty/

I suppose it’s grimly appropriate that, in the week of Margaret Thatcher’s death, I have been out photographing evidence of the decline of tin mining in Cornwall. But if I’m honest, I have no idea whether or not Thatcher had anything to do with the post-industrial landscape of my native county. I should really ask my dad, a former mining engineer, about it all before I go around having opinions on things I know nothing about. So, I’ll refrain from comment, apart from to observe that this area in which I live was once one of the richest places in the land due to the tin that shot through its substratum. You can see for yourself how it has changed in the following images; from thriving industry to dereliction to heritage theme park.


12 replies to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

    1. They are beautiful, and I’ve only realised that since I’ve been an adult. When I was young I they were just an easily ignorable/boring part of the landscape. Now I understand how much meaning they have, I’m fascinated by them. Thank you for your lovely comment x

  1. It’s sad to see the changes that have taken place in Cornwall. Perhaps it’s not such a bad thing that these beautiful old buildings have gained heritage status; without that some of the younger generation would never know they’d even existed

    1. That’s a fair point. And there seems to be a bit of a revival of interest in Cornishness among the youngish at the moment – a topic I keep meaning to write about. I find this really pleasing because when I were a young oaf, people tended to laugh at the accent more than they do now.

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