Like Monday, Sunday was a wet day too. No doubt South Wales has its fair share of sunshine, but somehow the wet grey day seemed to match my mental image of the place !
On this occasion though we were not thwarted by the weather as we were going underground at Pwll Mawr, or Big Pit, one of the last working coal mines in South Wales. Though now no longer producing coal, it has been made into a wonderful museum.
We went underground, down this lift shaft, just like countless thousands of miners would have done before us. A slightly eerie sensation, going as a tourist where so many, including children, have had to go just a earn a crust. One of the things I like least about tourism is this very sensation of voyeurism, though no doubt there is much for us to gain by better understanding what has gone before.
The valley in the background today looks green and verdant; in the days when the mine was at it peak, it would have been covered in dark slag heaps, and not at all as appealing. It was no doubt hard times, but times, you might gather from the museum, of great pride, great friendship and strong society.
Alternate view in WS
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annjackman (13171) 2013-01-11 7:59
I agree with you that 'greyness' suits the image. I remember all those b/w T.V. pictures of the mining areas in South Wales - it always looked so gloomy. The red in your image, however just lifts it enough and separates the buildings from the BG. An impressive record of this disused coal mine.
A belated best wishes for 2013 to you all.
- Copyright: Martin Richter (MJR) (3129)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-12-30
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon PowerShot S95
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/200 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-01-10 3:25