This image was published in a recent issue of BC Business Magazine. I shot this last fall while working at the historic Torbrit silver mine in northwest British Columbia - a mine with a rich history and potentially bright future.
The scene was built with 3 lights: the large floodlight at the end of the drift brings texture to the walls but does little for the foreground. I let the shutter run for 10 seconds while I painted in the details, and the glow of the miner's headlamp fills in the rest.
I'm usually involved in more grassroots style exploration projects, so working underground was a totally new experience for me. This particular mine was abandoned over 50 years ago, and stepping inside was literally like going back in time. Old carts sat still loaded with silver ore; makeshift dynamite box latrines still had a roll of toilet paper close at hand. Perhaps one day Torbrit will be modernized and put back into production, but I'm glad I got to photograph the mine in its preserved state.