Hidden in Plain Sightexhibition 17 Jan – 21 Feb 2020
The ESI Creative Exchange
Environment and Sustainability Institute
Penryn TR10 9FE
Hidden in Plain Sight is a photographic journey into the subsurface of Cornwall’s mining heritage. Cornwall’s landscape hides more than ten thousand abandoned mine shafts and tunnels, which have developed their own unusual ecologies. Photographer, caver and mine explorer Hugo Glasier has been collaborating with Laura Newsome (an ESI-based geomicrobiology lecturer), Tomasa Sbaffi (a PhD student studying the microbial communities living in Cornish mine waste), and Carmen Falagan Rodriguez (a researcher in the ESI geomicrobiology laboratory).
Their project documents the hidden microbial life that inhabits Cornwall’s underground environments, and explores how microbial life contributes to the formation of unique rock and mineral structures. The exhibition includes a series of photographic prints of the mining environments and micrographs of microbes and film samples, revealing the structure, pattern and colour of subsurface life.
The Environment and Sustainability Institute on our Penryn campus is open from Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 5pm.