I took a day off work (planned, not a sickie) the other day to get out and about taking some photos with my friend Charlie. We decided it was about time we went back to Hillhead Tunnel in Northumberland – we’ve been there before but some time ago. It was also a good opportunity to dust off the light-painting kit…
About the Tunnel
Hillhead Tunnel is a disused railway tunnel on the old Cornhill to Alnwick route. Built around 1887, the tunnel was closed to the public in 1953 and has since been pretty much left alone, other than small amounts of remedial work. Both entrances to the tunnel are overgrown and wild. Inside, it’s brick built, although there are some signs of decay.
The sun was shining brightly outside, and because the entrances are so overgrown it gave the light a greenish cast.
Hilhead Tunnel lit naturally by the sunlight
I had taken with my a set of LEDs to create light balls, but they haven’t been used recently so didn’t last too long. I need to get soldering and fix up the broken wires…
So most of the light painting we did was with a powerful torch, either lighting up sections of the tunnel or drawing on the walls. This first photo is me using the torch to light up the tunnel – I held it in my mouth so I could keep both arms free for the silhouette.
The tunnel lit up by torchlight
Here’s another, this time with some light painting on the wall:
This way to the exit…
And one final shot – I took a liking to a marker on the wall and thought it was worth highlighting with the torch.
A marker point in Hillhead Tunnel
And just beacuse I can, here’s a triptych of shots inside the tunnel:
A triptych of light painting in Hillhead Tunnel
Right, time to fix up some more LEDs and get out at night time again…
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