Going Underground

Exploring beneath the surface

Going Underground

We spend most of our time oblivious of what lies beneath our feet. From water pipes and sewers running beneath our feet to subterranean cavities hewn out of rock by nature and man, they sit there unseen, forgotten, we forget their importance. Caves provided shelter for early humans and as we developed ever more sophisticated technology we emerged from them, but also re-entered, seeking out the natural resources to support the new technology, seeking flint, tin, lead, and whole host of other minerals required to make marvellous new forms allowing us to express ourselves in art and industry. Much of this industry has been forgotten, abandoned as these spaces became economically unviable. Peace now inhabits these spaces, where there was once grime, hard labour, as people eked out a subsistence living.

Water seeps through the rock, cleaving a new fissure / Mud in the mines Tools left abandoned / Light in the tunnel

Underground #1

Water seeps through the rock, cleaving a new fissure / Mud in the mines.

Underground #2

Tools left abandoned / Light in the tunnel.
A ladder leads to a new level / A huge gash where minerals have been extracted / Some spaces are not small A flooded mine / Entrance to a tunnel

Underground #3

A ladder leads to a new level / A huge gash where minerals have been extracted / Some spaces are not small.

Underground #4

A flooded mine / Entrance to a tunnel.
Props supporting the roof / Ribs of iron Plant life invades the dark space / Art and industry collide

Underground #5

Props supporting the roof / Ribs of iron.

Underground #6

Plant life invades the dark space / Art and industry collide.
A crystal clear pool of fresh water / A flooded mine Light in the tunnel / A shaft of light / Searching for the way forward

Underground #7

A crystal clear pool of fresh water / A flooded mine.

Underground #8

Light in the tunnel / A shaft of light / Searching for the way forward.
Reflection of mine workings Rusting ironwork

Underground #9

Reflection.

Underground #10

Rusting ironwork.