Hidden in Plain Sight is a photographic journey across Cornwall’s mining landscape, uncovering the secrets you may never get to see.
It is an exclusive window into places that will not be here forever, because non-working mines are not maintained. Collapses will become more common with time as the wooden supports rot. And nature itself is transitory, the mining landscape above ground is in a constant flow of change.
This book focuses on the here and now. From the incredible colours in the mines, to the changing landscape above ground. It is a vibrant photography book digging below the surface of contemporary Cornwall.
We don’t know of any other books about the underground Cornish mines in the present day. Other projects often focus on the engine houses above ground, but we want to show both sides: above and below.
I want to give you a journey that covers it all. A keepsake of Cornwall today.
Your support will help us to create 200 limited edition copies of the book and publish previously unseen photographs of Cornish mines. Your generous support will also help pay for:
Graphic design to finalise photographs in the page layout as well as the cover.
- Printing of the book.
- Cost value of any rewards.
- Postage and packaging for the rewards.
- Marketing for the Crowdfunder.
The contents of the book have already been written and all photographs taken. The design is currently being undertaken by Reje Design. The book will be ready to go straight to printers and should be back in time for the December 2019 deadline.
This is a journey that, if successful, will mean that we can launch Liondog Publications so that we can continue to document the heritage that could be lost in time.
A second book is planned, and your support will help us to get it done.
My name is Claire Wilson and I am an award-winning professional photographer and writer. I’ve lived in Cornwall for most of my life and was brought up in one of the most heavily mined areas in the county. I have had a keen interest in the mines since I was young, which in fact was a leading inspiration for me heading to the University of Leicester where I gained my honours degree in Geology.
After a year of intensive underground adventure and a lifetime of exploring Cornish mining heritage, I have now brought together my best images to create this book.
On my first visit to a mine, I discovered that I suffer from claustrophobia. But the drive behind photographing this very special environment kept me going underground despite the fear that would sometimes overpower me when the space got too small. With incredible support, I managed to achieve so much. I haven’t completely conquered that fear, but I learned to work through it.
In September 2019, Cornwall Today magazine printed my article on the Rosevale Mine. The volunteers at Rosevale have been incredibly supportive and allowed me access to their mine in the southwest of Cornwall, for which I am forever grateful.
Teaming up with Cornwall Underground Adventures in the last stages of the project helped me to capture the final images that I will always remember the most.
The book is almost ready. It has now been sent for the final design work.
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