A massive endeavour!
My close friend, Neil Mercer, and I have spent almost twenty years working on what will hopefully become the definitive photo-essay book on Dartmoor, and in particular the influence of tin upon the moor.
This lavishly illustrated, 1500+ page coffee table book, in two volumes, is due to be published in early 2023, as a limited edition of just four hundred, each numbered and signed and supplied in a hand-tooled case with a genuine Dartmoor tin Stannary Seal embedded in the cover of one volume, while the other has a slice of genuine Dartmoor tin-bearing rock. Copies are only £1000 each, so keep your eyes firmly on the web site so that you can get your order in quickly, as many early orders suggest that the limited edition will sell very quickly.
The book has been a labour of love and will never make a return on the huge amount of money spent in the pursuit of excellence - well over £150,000 so far at the last count!
Whilst this is not the place to talk about the story contained in the book, there may be many questions about how the photography for it was undertaken. Dartmoor National Park is well known for its weather, with four seasons frequently appearing in the space of just one hour. Amazingly, this header photograph of our seven heads made from Dartmoor-sourced tin on South Hessary Tor in July 2020, and output with the software extant then, only revealed its true content when we examinied the RAW files in December 2021. We had unknowingly also captured Comet Neowise in the left of the frame, just above the rocks - making this 400 frame stitched image a once in 6000 year event.
Over the next couple of pages are a few teasers of the range and breadth of the photographs that you can expect to find in the book, as well as the range of equipment used and the hardships that had to be overcome in order to capture them.
: the equipment.
The Spirit Of Dartmoor Tin