How lovely to come into the spring light after the dark of winter. Each year it’s even more magical! This is the first winter and spring in my new house and garden - it is a photographer’s joy to look out over the fields to Cot Valley and beyond to Longships Lighthouse, Lands End and the Isles of Scilly, to watch the ever changing light across the sea and the weather fronts as they come and go, and discovering for the first time the camellia flowers and other plants in my new garden.
Besides being entranced by my new panoramic view I have managed to get some work done, making good use of the ‘dark days’ by bringing together a selection of beautiful images of Cornwall for the Evocative Cornwall 2016 Calendar, which is now ready to buy on the website and in various shops in Cornwall.
The front cover photograph is of Charlestown Harbour near St Austell, which some of you may recognise as one of the filming locations for the BBC television series Poldark - whatever you think of the production, the one thing that stands out is the beauty of Cornwall! I risked life and limb to get this shot, leaning precariously over a big drop onto the harbour, having pushed my way through bushes and undergrowth! I have included a couple more Poldark filming locations within the calendar: Bodmin Moor’s Showery Tor looking towards Rough Tor, close to the house used for Poldark’s ‘Nampara’. This is one of my favourite places in Cornwall, I had a very special few hours up there with my camera, with the weather ever changing from dark skies with approaching rain laden clouds, to sunshine and blue sky, all the while a wild wind on one side with me barely able to stand up or keep my hat on, and precious calm on the other side where I crouched under huge granite rocks taking shelter from the rain showers - wow! Also West Wheal Owles engine house at Botallack near St Just, dressed as Poldark’s Wheal Leisure makes an appearance in June, taken by local photographer James Kitto.
The Newlyn Artists Calendar 2016, produced in conjunction with Penlee House Gallery and Museum in Penzance, is also completed and ready to buy.
This year Harold Harvey’s painting ‘Anemones’ is on the front cover - this painting and a number of others in the Calendar can be seen in Penlee Gallery’s recently opened ‘Sons and Daughters of the Soil’ exhibition, a fabulous selection of earthy paintings, which runs until June 13th. Get there if you can - but if you can’t, enjoy some of them in the Calendar!
To jump on the tailgate of the Poldark bandwagon a little more (why not, its right here on my doorstep!) I have been out and about with my camera and have put together a new range of eight blank greetings cards - Evocative Cornwall ‘Poldark Country’ Cards. They are all lovely pictures in their own right, but just happen to be taken near where filming took place.
Finally, I have added three new images to my existing Evocative Image card range.
As always there are a number of Special Offers to save you a few pounds - so do have a look for them.
With every good wish