Serrated Edge

Jagged fangs of unstable slate guard this old quarry near Tilberthwaite. The void space below draws the eye, and the mind, to the darkness……

This pictorial device, of removing the viewer’s standpoint, is unsettling; add to this the ambiguities of scale and the sharp cutting shapes of the rock shards, and the image is given a tension and unease which seems inherent in these abandoned quarries. Both beautiful and frightening, they are in the truest sense of the word, Sublime.

Location and conditions

Quarry near Tilberthwaite

mid afternoon, bright overcast, warm

Technical notes

camera: Toyo 10×8 field camera

lens: 300mm Nikkor lens

exposure: 4sec. f64

film: Fuji Provia RDP 10×8