Cwm Orthin. Gwynedd.
25th June 2006
I first visited Cwm Orthin in 1983 I think, and it was already well known to Monochrome photographers back then.
I have visited these abandoned slate workings a couple of times since then and the thing that always saddens me is how rapidly it is all decaying.
The last time I was here the chapel still had roof beams and I have old negatives that show the barracks with five chimneys still intact.
However it may have declined over the years it is still an atmospheric location and somehow I always find new shots and viewpoints.
And while there is certainly colour to be found here for the most part I see the valley in shades of black and white.