More from Svalbard

Black And White Photography, David, Photography

Another shot from Svalbard I loved the way the early snow had settled on the mountains. The houses give the whole picture a scale
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Svalbard Landscape

Black And White Photography, David, Photography

Yet another Svalbard landscape. Which shows that I do try to flex my landscape muscles occasionally.I just love the snow cover on the mountains and the remoteness. One day I’m going back.
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Mountain in the snow

Black And White Photography, David, Photography

This is one from August last year. Taken while I was visiting Svalbard. I never have much success with landscapes However, I like how this one looked and have decided to share it with you. It was taken while standing on the tarmac of the airport runway. So real deep thought went into it was just a trail run so to speak.

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That was his or her number. Each miner took this token with him each shift and returned it after each one . That way they could check if everyone was out of the mine. If you forgot to deliver your token you were made to walk from the mine back to the town and return the next day. Even in winter. The guide told us you only did this once and never forgot it again.

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Miners Boots Coal Mine #3 Spitsbergen

Black And White Photography, David, Photography

 


One of the things we did while on Svalbard was visit Coal Mine #3. It was in operation from 1971 until 1996. The working height was only 60-90cms Take a tape measure and see for yourselves how small that is,then imagine an 8 hour shift laying on your side.. When the mine closed in November of 1996 all the equipment was left in place. The guide told us that the word came down about the closure half way through a shift so a lot of tools and other equipment was just left as it was. A fascinating few hours well worth getting a little dirt on the camera bag.

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Music with a view

Black And White Photography, David, Photography

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This shot was taken the farthest north I have even been. Svalbard. This was the view from the abandoned music room at Pyramiden. This was only recently abandoned in the 90’s. 5 Russians live there to take care of the tourists that come. If they didn’t live there the territory would revert to the Norwegian state. The Russians have started to hotel…I wonder how that’s doing now?

Svalbard Landscape

Black And White Photography, David, Photography

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Let’s get this out of the way to start with. I have said that I am not a landscape photographer. But just occasionally I take one that makes contact with my “photographic eye.” You know the one. It’s the one you downloaded to your computer and have overlooked until you were looking for something else, and you see this one shot that was right under your nose. This shot for me was one of those.

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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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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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