Famous British photographer Richard John Seymour, winner of several photography awards, has recently visited the Turda Salt Mine (Salina Turda) as part of a project that focuses on capturing the most spectacular man-made landscapes, according to an article published by thespaces.com and CNN.
The Turda Salt Mine is presented as “an unlikely tourist attraction” that is visited each year by thousands of tourists that descend into the former salt mine in order to play mini-golf, go bowling or row around its inner lake, but also by persons with respiratory ailments.
“‘Photographing this space was a challenge due to its sheer scale. Humans are put into perspective and the difference between nature and man-made features is blurred,” the British photographer stated.
Richard Seymour captured the salt mine’s space, making human presence almost insignificant. “I am often drawn to contradiction in my work, where the heroic, idealistic, or epic meets mundane reality.
Salina Turda embodies this idea particularly well. It is an undeniably beautiful historic monument of engineering and human endeavour, but it is now used as a theme park with ping-pong tables, bowling, and boat rides. This juxtaposition raises questions about the value of architecture and space today, in relation to its historic value,” he added.
‘Business Insider’ labeled the Turda Salt Mine in 2014 as the most spectacular underground location in the world. According to the same publication, the salt mine is 22nd in the 2013 rankings of the most spectacular tourist sites in the world.