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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

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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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PP. Silver Efex Pro II

Music with a view

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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

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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

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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

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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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Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 AFS

 

Past Glories

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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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Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 AFS.

Wooden boats

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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

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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.

Nikon D800
Nikon 300mm f/4.0E PF ED VR AF-S
PP Silver Efex Pro II