Hidden in Plain Sight

A Photographic Journey into Cornish Mines

A project that offers an exclusive window into parts of Cornwall you may never get to see.

Cornwall is hollow.

Centuries of mining has created a honeycomb network of tunnels that crisscross beneath the beautiful Cornish landscape in an unimaginable scale. The holes that appear in the grounds of gardens or houses without warning are a reminder of what lies below.

The landscape, both above and below ground is in a constant flow of change. Nature is taking over, but even nature is transitory.

This project is a unique opportunity to view parts of Cornwall that you may never get to see. The underground journey into mines captured here include places that few will ever get to explore.

Into the Dark - an underground tunnel in Cornwall
We have been left with the ruins of an industry, creating a romantic beauty amongst the heather.
Hidden in plain sight are entrances and signs of the mines are all over. From cliff faces to the most surprising places.
Nature is slowly recolonising the places that were once heavily industrialised. Habitats can harbour rare wildlife.
There are some incredible spaces underground, a heritage that we rarely get to see, if ever.
Nature recolonises all but the most contaminated sites, and the worst contamination can lead to dead zones.
As it does above ground, nature is recolonising down below our feet. Fungi, moss, lichen and iron-loving bacteria.

About the Project

Hidden in Plain Sight is a project resulting from intensive underground adventure in the past year, and a lifetime of photographing and exploring the Cornish mining landscape.

Having grown up in one of the most heavily mined regions in Cornwall, the mines have always been a fascination to me. It inspired me to take Geology at the University of Leicester where I received my Honours degree.

The project captures a heritage today that will not be here forever. Non-working mines are not maintained, wooden supports rot, and collapses will become more common with time. And nature itself is transitory, the landscape is in a constant flow of change.

This project is a journey to uncover secrets you may not otherwise be able to see. It is a documentary into what is there today for those that follow us tomorrow.

Thank you

My most sincere thanks for helping me on this project goes to:

Hugo Glasier, intrepid mine explorer and knowledge-bank of all things mine-related. You were an incredible support.

Ben of Cornwall Underground Adventures who gave me an incredible tour of Rosemergie mine near Zennor.

All those at Rosevale Mine, who let me explore their tin mine underground and take all the photographs I wanted. Thank you.