1. A day of historic mining portraiture and industrial landscapes in the old slate quarries of Cwmorthin in Snowdonia, Tuesday 16th October 2018
Tanygrisiau, Blaenau Ffestiniog, LL41 3SN

A day of historic mining portraiture and industrial landscapes in the old slate quarries of Cwmorthin in Snowdonia, Tuesday 16th October 2018

Join us amongst the dramatic landscape of an old mining quarry where we will be photographing Victorian miner re-enactors and industrial landscapes.

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About this event

Cwmorthin Quarry is a slate quarry west of the village of Tanygrisiau, north Wales that was in operation from 1810 to 1997 and was connected to the Ffestiniog Railway. Surrounded by the eye catching landscapes of the Snowdonia mountain range this area is scattered with mining ruins and slate slag piles that echo the industry that once flourished here.


Our day will begin at 12pm where we will run a briefing before heading up into the quarry area. We plan to go further into the quarry today to discover more of the old slate dressing buildings and abandoned equipment. This will really lend itself to the two fantastic miner re-enactors we will have on hand so that you can capture images that really set the scenes from history against the backdrops of the old mining works. This will be a great opportunity to create atmospheric and convincing portraits of days gone by as they will be dressed in authentic looking Victorian miners clothing so there will be a chance to get some really creative and eye catching imagery! The distressed slate buildings and grey stone slag piles will create a wonderful shooting environment for dramatic portraiture. In addition to the environment that is very overpowering and perfect for great industrial landscape photography we hope to also use smoke grenades to add an extra dimension and atmosphere to your imagery.

We feel this day is a perfect addition to the day before, but either way you are assured of a great day venturing into an area of former Welsh industry. 

This event is open to 12 photographers only.





Lenses- suggest bringing lens lengths between 16-300mm



Spare batteries

Memory cards

 Photography Knowledge:

All levels welcome

Fitness Level:


The majority of walking will take place in open public space generally sticking to footpaths but please be aware that this is an old mining quarry area so some areas will be uneven and slippery. The first part of the path from the car park is a steep incline for about 200 meters before evening off. Good walking footwear and clothing is essential.  

There will be some uphill walking involved as there is no vehicle access in the Quarry but attendees will be able to do this at their own comfortable pace.


Appropriate outdoor clothing and walking footwear for all weathers. 

Waterproof protection for camera equipment.

Food and drink.


Event cost £95.00 per person.

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