This is an old disused gold mine in the tiny town of Peak Hill in Western New South Wales. The town of Peak Hill was established in 1889, coinciding with the discovery of gold. Gold was mined from 1889 until 1917. The mine came into use again from 1996 until 2002. Peak Hill, along with a huge part of the land in Central Western New South Wales was originally inhabited by the Wiradjuri People, one of the largest tribes in Australia. Many of this tribe were employed in this mine and paid very little. A terrible irony when one considers that their land - and the resources within it - were never ceded to the Whiteman.
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EstudioChispa (1924) 2014-08-27 6:51
A great set of colors, Lisa, with that mysteriously dark pool in the bottom! I love the way the terraced quarrying reveals the differing compositions of the stone -- fascinating!
Studying the pool, I wonder if this is one of your specialty long-exposure shots?
corjan3 (2095) 2014-08-27 7:17
This image is significant and important in the context of the facts conveyed in your note. It has meaning and that adds to its value. Very much in the spirit of TE. Well done.
snunney (83885) 2014-08-27 7:18
A strange and fascinating place with a painful history for some I would imagine. The black hole at the bottom contrasts so well with the exposed terraces of rock. I like the inclusion of the little strip of blue sky, which helps give the scene context. Excellent light and colours and superb rendering of the textural detail. Like an open sore on the landscape.
timecapturer (48840) 2014-08-27 7:33
exploitation at its grandest and most sad, but strangely the result is this beautiful and intriguing landscape. The scale of this mine is amazing only matched by the scale of the injustice done to the Wiradjuri people. It must be very thought provoking standing at the edge of this rugged stepped landscape knowing the history of the place.
Regards - B.
batalay (35611) 2014-08-27 7:39
Hello dear Lisa,
An unusually powerful photo of a sad scene, emblematic of Dante's "Inferno." Your note, as always, is succinct and informative. It's really too bad that mine operators never think of restoring the land to their pristine forms after they extract the ore. Perhaps a future generation will be able to revisit such scars and indeed heal them.
photoray (12231) 2014-08-27 7:49
Thoughtful journalism photo, which should make humans think before accepting the Rich's land destruction projects blindly. And double sad because 'gold' does not provide any useful human necessity like food and shelter, etc.
There is a currently a huge project by the Rich & Greedy to mine coal tar sand in Canada then transport it by building an oil pipeline the length of the U.S. to the refineries in Texas, then ship around the Earth by ships. The new pipeline is called 'the Keystone XL Pipeline'. The Rich propaganda is it is environmentally safe because they will follow plans, it will create hundreds of jobs, we need new sources of oil, wind or solar energy is not practical alternatives (whatthefuk?), and my favorite - the Canadians will sale the coal tar sand to other countries if we do not do it.
The biggest problem which is not commonly known, is that the excavation of the coal tar sand will destroy a huge chunk of Canada the size of our state of Florida, forever. Huge mining pits from the past will be tiny in comparison.
Knowledge is dangerous, especially to the Rich & Greedy,
We all need to do more to inform and learn about reality and our Earth,
lousat (76982) 2014-08-27 8:27
Ciao Lisa,una storia molto triste riguardo agli abitanti originali del posto,sfrattati e sfruttati allo stesso tempo per questa pazza corsa all'oro di fine secolo.L'immagine parla da solo,molto ben composta ed originalissima quanto al soggetto che ci mostri,qualita' indiscutibile come sempre.Buonanotte! Luciano
Noel_Byrne (24349) 2014-08-27 9:02
Quite a strange image, as I are into this black mire, I can easily imagine the clown from the movie IT peering back out at me, balloon in hand. It's a fascinating combination of light and dark, and as mentioned above, the detail of texture in the carved rock faces is fantastic. You chose a really nice composition to show this vie, it's balanced really nicely.
Cheers from Cork, where it has rained continuously, haha.
Gerrit (47886) 2014-08-27 10:51
The colors are quite intersting and it looks like the steps of a stadium. as if a game is waiting in the black hole for the viewers,
Spyder (729) 2014-08-27 11:56
'Men's mighty mining machines….
Digging in the ground,
Stealing rare minerals…..
Where they can be found.
Concrete caves with iron doors,
Bury it again…..' -Moody Blues:How is it (We are here), A Question of Balance
When I saw the photo in miniature, I thought it was a brick bridge that had been knocked off its moorings………doh!
Man is the only living species that purposely destroys the environment. Human stupidity knows no limits, as the same arsenine mistakes are repeated with each generation.
Great catch & comment.
carlo62 (32911) 2014-08-27 15:35
una bellissima immagine per una triste storia, per gli abitanti soprattutto, ma anche per il paesaggio che è stato deturpato.
Qualità eccellente come sempre e bei colori, non capisco bene le proporzioni di questi terrazzamenti, ma la vista nell'insieme è di grande effetto.
abmdsudi (43594) 2014-08-27 23:24
Wow - fab & sad that you've put this in your showcase and a very dramatic sense about it! tx to the well written notes. This almost invariably finish up as a lake with dark toxic water in the bottom & the bare 'benches' so lets hope that Mother Nature takes back its own particularly if man will lend a hand. The toning is lovely which really suits the mood and the age of the place and the perspective is great too taken from an impressive viewpoint. A fine record well shot and tfs
Sergiom (60180) 2014-08-28 6:09
The story is very interesting. On top of that we can see that the owners of the mine left it as is without cleaning after like they do every where else in the world. We have to clean up after them and pay for it in Canada with our taxes.
But very nice photo.
Have a nice day
macjake (56656) 2014-08-28 7:47
a couple of TE members used the words exploitation and powerful to describe the scene and note, and i have to agree.
I really enjoyed reading Bulents critique.
Me...i'm not so elegant with my words as he.
But I certainly agree to this thoughts on this subject.
as for the photo itself, its actually quite beautiful with its colors and such...just too bad and such a sad story that coincides with it.
a post with alot of emotional impact.
see you around
emka (79016) 2014-08-30 0:21
Ciao cara Lisa,
Excellent title and note to this fine picture. IOt reallyn looks like a wound. Amazing view.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Silvio1953 (122353) 2014-09-02 6:50
Ciao Lisa, gran bella vista di un luogo fantastico, opera dell'uomo ma in fase di riconquista da parte della natura, magnifici colori e splendida luce, bravissima, un abbraccio Silvio
fabbs99 (16167) 2014-09-04 22:47
It true that its a wound on the face of the Earth.But the wounds that nature gives us make them beautiful with time.It looks nice with the layers of steps.Its a golden wound right.Take care and have a great time.TFS.