Dunes are called Towans in the Cornish language and at Gwithian there are many Towans split into their own definining areas along this magnificent three and half mile strech of beach butting along St Ives Bay. This is the first beautiful wild windswept dunes to experience after leaving the village of Gwithian from the Red River pub heading south towards Hayle. The feeling I get when I walk amongst these Towans never diminshes since I was a five year old girl away on her annual Cornish six week holidays. I have walked I have swum and have ridden horses along this magnificent beach its beauty and drama never fades thank heavens.
I am in delight with the latest Lensbaby SWEET 35 Optic - have held off a while before investing but fulfills all expectations brings mood ambiance and a timelessness within digital with an extra bit of width. Just a few test shots today after the unwrapping.
All inked up today continuing my Photo Etching journey today in Penryn, I have had another full on 6hrs of creative mind blowing physical experience all I can say is wow!
Just love the new alchemy I have discovered plus being in a studio of like minded creative souls .... I was in heaven! Here are a few images from today of my solar powered images!
The printing press - I am in love ❤️ — at John Howard Print Studios
Polymer Photogravure is a printmaking technique that falls under the Intaglio process of printmaking, which means creating an image lower than the surface level of the plate. In this case, an image is exposed onto a Polymer plate, inked and printed. The subtle grooves in the plate hold the ink which is the essence of intaglio.
This is my first days experience of this wonderful tactile process, one that is quite skilled and involved and never a print shall be exactly the same - it is wonderfully creative and unpredicable sometimes, but very satisfying - I am hooked totally. For years I have looking for an alternative special process to print my photographs one that does not invole Giclee. Here it is my journey is just beginning....
Here are a few grab shots from my iphone, whilst I was working on Day One. Six small cropped sample plates etched from six A4 photographic images and then eventually prints made from the Printing Press with a whole lot of process in between.
I was only commenting on a fellow photographers new project yesterday, Rod is collecting images from day to day life of 'still life' as he finds them not rearranged or even minutley adjusted just how it was how you discovered the still life. This must have been in the back of my sub concience as today when out roaming Godolphin Woods a National Trust estate near me I came across my first 'still life' as Mother Nature arranged it.
Saint Lo had a strategic position during WW2 a crossroads for the German forces, it consequently was almost totally destroyed (97%), Saint-Lô had the unenviable nickname of Capital of Ruins. After the war the question arose as to whether the town should be rebuilt or left with its ruins intact as a testimony to the bombing. One American soldier laconically commented: "We sure liberated the hell out of this place" . It reminded me very much of Plymouth in Devon similar postwar architecture. I imagine the 3% that was left of the old town were the battlements from the middle ages which are still standing strong.
When the tide is high at Marazion, the causeway becomes flooded and everyone has to wait their turn on this tiny jetty for the next shuttle ferry to the famous St Michael’s Mount. We are just a few weeks before Easter and the crowds are now descending on Cornwall. My friend Louie is in the shallows quite unperturbed digging for Cornwall. Because of the dull overcast sky I edited in semi mono, with lots of contrast, just to focus on the passengers and ultimate location.
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The evidence of spring is becoming more evident in the grounds of one of my most favourite haunts at this time of year, delving into the hidden corners of this medieval place always produces a surprise or two if you look hard enough. Stopping off at the cafe for homemade scones and tea is a must after walking the estate and the most magical Godolphin Hill. Click images below for full size slideshow.
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Friday was cold bleak dark and very unsprung like, so what better to do than explore the ancient pile at Trerice which has loads atmosphere and haunting stories which are a major attraction as far as I am concerned.
I had not past the front door when one of those tantalising NT secondhand donation style book shops beckoned to me from the depths of the converted barn area of Trerice.....and there saying I am waiting for you buy me was Simon Marsden's "Journal of a Ghost Hunter" ...the day had begun well :)
We walked with slow deliberate steps through this once ancient farm owned by the Arundell family for nearly 500 years to soak up the fabulous Elizabethan atmosphere
The Great Hall was part of the medieval farmouse rebuilt in the 1570s and has the stunning 576 tpane mullioned window which still contains some original glass, when we arrived the window cleaner was just starting!
Delighted to announce I have just sold two international book cover images this week with ARCANGEL image library I am represented by. This first one below, a sepia image of boy on an Indian rooftop is the most exciting for me as I have just discovered the book on Amazon and has been reviewed by The New York Times and The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.
the second image for the French novel market by author Sylvain Tesson the title being "S'abandonner a Vivre!"
"On Saturday July 16th about 8 members met at Godolphin in west Cornwall. All were from the local area but as the holiday traffic had begun perhaps members from further afield were worried whether they would ever arrive! The weather was good and there were enough different subjects to keep us all happy. The Godolphin estate has belonged to the National Trust for a long time but the house, which dates back to 1475 has only recently come into their hands. Unfortunately the house wasn’t open; it only opens to visitors the first week of the month but is usually a holiday let. However there was plenty to see outside. To the south is Godolphin Hill with beautiful views and the ruins of the engine house for Great Works mine. To the north are woods riddled with mine shafts! Around the house are historic gardens which are being restored and the cider house which houses an exhibition on granite at the moment. The house had to be extensively repaired after the Trust acquired it as it was almost falling down – one of the local camera clubs was invited to visit to document the danger! We enjoyed a lovely summer’s day, both for the photographic and social aspects. I would definitely recommend a visit if you are coming to the area from up-country."
Margaret Hocking ARPS
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Sea mist was rolling in from the the north coast of Cornwall today and it accompanied us throughout our walk along the Cornish Coastal Path throughout the day. I was happy and so relieved that the clear blue skies and ‘normal’ views were to be shrouded in this wonderful atmospheric veil. You can see the flowering Blackthorn in the middle distance which is in full bloom now, spring is here in the far west.
St Michaels Way is a pilgrimage coast to coast walk 12.5 miles from Lelant Saltings to St Michaels Mount which was thought to have been used by pilgrims, missionaries and travellers, especially those from Ireland and Wales, to avoid crossing the treacherous waters around Land’s End. Throughout Europe there is a network of pilgrim routes which lead to one of the three most important places of Christian pilgrimage in the world – the Cathedral of St James in Santiago de Compostela, North West Spain. The St Michael’s Way Trail is one of these routes.
I intend to walk St Michaels Way in several stages mainly because I spend far tooo long taking photographs and also have no need to hurry!