My Cornwall

With the clocks going forward and Easter around the corner attention naturally turns to holidays.
A lot of my childhood holidays were spent in Cornwall and St Ives even became home for a short period in my mid twenties.
My first ever self assigned photography project was capturing the fishermen of the county.
So Cornwall holds a special place for me like it does for many people who head down the A30 to enjoy their holidays in the county.

Huers Hut Cadgwith


A Seat On The Todden

I’ve joked before that if I never picked up a camera again I’d still have enough images in my archives to keep me busy producing new work for the next 5 years.
Fair to say some many never see the light of day but it’s strange how things happen in life and you find yourself remembering certain places,moments & images and being inspired to dig them out.
This week a comment on a previous blog post prompted me to go back into some images I shot last summer in Cadgwith Cornwall.
The reasons behind the comments are actually incredibly sad but this inspired me to spend a few hours processing and retouching this image “A Seat On The Todden”


A Tranquil Mooring, A Moving Visit To Cadgwith

Who does not love Cornwall ? I even love the picturesque A30 despite the fact it can be a bastard if you get caught in a jam.
I’ve lost count how many times I have visited since a kid and I even did what most have thought of doing and lived their for a short period…great in the summer not so easy in the winter!
Needless to say I have photographed most of the more familiar spots over the last 18 years and many charismatic fishermen most of which are no longer with us.
So it’s sometimes either not really appealing to re visit places already well photographed in favour of somewhere new or a challenge to look at places with fresh eyes and creativity.
Having said that as photographers as with most things in life we grow and our vision grows and changes so the images I shoot today will not be completely the same as those captured previously.

I captured this image “A Tranquil Mooring”at dawn at Cadgwith on the Lizard a few weeks ago, it’s a place I’m very familiar with and happy to re visit with or without my camera.
On this visit I noticed a new bench near the spot I was photographing dedicated to a young lad called Toby who had very sadly died aged just 16 and had no doubt loved Cornwall as much as me.Reading that inscription on the bench certainly left an impression on me and I’ll be sure to return next time and leave a few flowers.

Tranquil Mooring

 

A Tranquil Mooring.. Dedicated To Toby