Florence Mine Photoshoot

South of Whitehaven (Cumbria) is the town of Egremont and Florence Haematite mine - the last haematite mine to work in Europe.  Sunk in 1914, it was worked with the Ullcoats mine from 1917, until it finally closed on 13th September 1968, following nationalisation.  Sadly, the mine is falling into disrepair. However, the decay, coupled with the iron ore dust colouring the buildings and detritus lying about meant that a Florence Photoshoot was quickly set in motion.

The clip below sets the scene.  Look at the red puddles and rust staining from the mine spoil,  This colouring was surreal given that it sits in the beautiful West Cumbrian farming land.  

More information on the mine is here



This was captured using DJI Phantom 4 Pro using 4k video. 



Creative potential

Our visit in early December 2017 was on a wet and dull day.   The site is not used except for an ironmonger.  The irony of this was not lost on us.

It was quickly evident that there would be lots of opportunities to create interesting photographs. The vision is to translate a dull, lifeless place into a series of colourful and stimulating set of images. The potential was there but could it be realised?

The images are available for website and social media content.  Enquiries for use of these images, please contact enquiries@authenticlivingphotography.com.


Florence Photoshoot favourites

Over forty images made the final sift.  My ten favourites are below.  I love the colours and shapes! I hope you do too.

Lumix GH5

I hope that you enjoyed these images. They were photographed using a Lumix GH5 and 12-35mm f2.8 zoom. Post processing in Lightroom and Photoshop.

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