Cwmystwyth 1

By woolybill1
I first cycled the 'mountain road' from Devil's Bridge to Rhayader in 1965, half-way through a round trip from Southampton to Snowdonia and back. In those days the deserted lead miners' cottages at Cwmystwyth looked more substantial than this; police subsequently had them pulled down due to their periodic occupation by New Age Travellers. Even in the bright, hot summer of '65 the buildings looked dark and threatening in a memorable landscape.

By a stroke of fate most of my family now live within thirty miles or so of Cwmystwyth. During our recent visit there it provided the only substantial photographic opportunity, all of twenty minutes in swirling sleet. This week I'm posting a sequence of five photos that could only be in black & white.

Tags: Landscape Photo journalism Architecture Black and white

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Comments


SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
13 May 2013 7:28AM
There's superb beauty in this image and I look forward to the rest.

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Nikonuser1 Plus
4 108 14 United Kingdom
13 May 2013 7:57AM
A great image Bill, stark and moodySmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile


Cliff
Nigeve1 Plus
3 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
13 May 2013 8:31AM
Strong atmospheric image.
Nigel
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
13 May 2013 8:45AM
Gritty and dark and probably very evocative of the conditions the miners had to endure. Lots of texture coming through despite the low key light. Maybe not one for the Welsh Tourist Board! Grin

Dave
Kurt42 Plus
13 2.3k 1 United Kingdom
13 May 2013 8:59AM
A fine image. The composition and gritty look brings out a sense of abandonment.
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
13 May 2013 9:10AM
Powerful stuff Bill !!!
Great pov- and a wonderful atmospheric shot - mono is spot on
Helen
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
13 May 2013 9:14AM
Atmospheric and dramatic image Bill.

Ken.
cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 27 Northern Ireland
13 May 2013 9:43AM
Dark and foreboding Smile
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
13 May 2013 12:38PM
I'd like a phonetic pronunciation of that name!
This is as dark and dramatic as a gothic novel. Love it!
AnnChown Plus
7 199 1 United Kingdom
13 May 2013 2:03PM
Very gritty - lots of atmosphere and drama.
Ann
13 May 2013 5:20PM
Very atmospheric Bill, perfect processing for the image.

John Smile
13 May 2013 9:08PM
Yes, a great black and white image! SmileSmileSmile
13 May 2013 9:52PM
That's what I call a "Hardcore" image, Bill, there's no way you'd ever see it on a biscuit tin lid. It's a beauty, and I look forward to the others.
Thanks again for the UASmileSmile

Alan
Richsr 9 91 223 England
15 May 2013 9:09AM
Strong mono work Bill
Regards Richard
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
15 May 2013 10:10AM
The mono adds drama and atmosphere and conveys ruggedness and wildness. Wales a land where men are men and sheep are frightened!Wink

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