at the Mt Lyell mine

I suspect that Hurley did not have access to the Mt Lyell mine as he photographed the landscape and the mine in the landscape.

Queenstown’s identity has been largely shaped by the mine and its relics of the past. These relics still have cultural meaning that refer both to their origin in the Mt Lyell Mine and in the present. The open cut is not raw nature: it is both an altered landscape and an expression of the historical sublime—I as the subject was over-powered by the vastness of the transformation.

I experienced a ‘shuddering, tremor, a shock’—I had a sense of the fragility and the horror of existence.

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