Switch on the lights

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Hi Everyone.

I hope you all made it safe and sound into the new year. My first shot this year is from the derelict kitchen at Pyramiden on Svalbard. The broken tile motif kind of fits the dereliction in my mind.

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Pyramiden

Black And White Photography, David, Photography

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I should really have started this small series from Svalbard with this shot it’s the sign at the entrance to Pyramiden with the mountain that gives the place its name in the background.

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Truck.

Black And White Photography, David, Photography

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Just to show that there is in fact some life here at Pyramiden there is some restoration work going on. This old Russian truck was parked outside the canteen block and looked drivable. The mountain that gives this place its name can be seen in the background.

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Pyramiden Svalbard. Population 5

Black And White Photography, David, Photography

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The deserted mining town of Pyramiden on Svalbard is almost empty. To keep it Russian there has to be people living there so, there are 5, I think and they are the guides. If it was empty then it would revert to being Norwegian.

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Past Glories

Black And White Photography, David, Photography

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Another shot from my lightning trip to Pyramiden on Svalbard. The building in the background was the swimming baths. But that’s for another day.

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Wooden boats

Black And White Photography, David, Photography

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We were lucky enough to visit Pyramiden on Svalbard a mining ghost town (Almost, population 5) It’s a Russian coal mining town from 1910. It’s the kind of place that you could spend a life time photographing, I had 2 hours and our group was accompanied everywhere by an armed guard. On the way from the boat I saw this pair I just had to stop and shot a couple of pictures. The light in the late afternoon was magical.

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Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8
PP Silver Efex Pro II

Rescue me

Black And White Photography, David, Photography

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Still in Svalbard. We were on a boat trip to an old Russian mining community, Pyramiden.  Our boat was picked out to help with an exercise of new crew on the helicopter. People were winched up and down to the helicopter from the deck of our boat, amazing if not a little noisy to watch.

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Nikon 300mm f/4.0E PF ED VR AF-S
PP Silver Efex Pro II

Mine No 3 Svalbard

Black And White Photography, David, Photography

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This shot I took in Svalbard at Mine number 3 it was a working coal mine between 1971-November 1996. All the equipment was just left were it was. Everyone left in the middle of a shift.

Here you see part of the workshop, plans and half built constructions were everywhere.With such poor lighting and not wanting to use flash I used natural light streaming though a very dirty window.
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Svalbard

Black And White Photography, David, Photography

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I was lucky enough to spend 5 days on Svalbard recently and that kind of polished my poor landscape genre a little. This I took on my last day there. It had already started to snow and the local mountains already had a good coating of the white stuff.

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Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 AFS
PP in Silver Efex Pro II