Cornwall, England 2010     
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Cornwall, land of myths and mystery, tales and history.  From smugglers coves, pirates & shipwrecks, to magicians, kings, castles & legends, whether the tales are true or the product of some ancient, wild and vivid imaginations there's no doubt that this weathered old English peninsular is steeped in folklore which goes back beyond the mists of time

Today, Cornwall thrives on it's tourist industry. Thousands flock here every summer, as access to this once hard to reach corner of England is made easier than ever by the success of the motor car and modern road systems that cut a swathe through the south west. The county has seen many changes over recent years, due mostly to tourism, but unsympathetic & indiscriminate building have also played their part - go & look at the horrible modern terraced houses built on the harbour wall at Portreath for evidence of that.  Scratch away at this thin veneer of tourism and "back hander" construction though, and the old Cornwall can still be revealed for those who care to seek it out. 

I spent a week here with my trusty old Canon, photographing whatever I thought captured the essence of the old Cornwall that I remember first visiting as a kid almost 50 years ago. One thing soon became apparent - to effectively capture the old Cornwall of my childhood memories, the shots just had to be done in monochrome. Like the truth sometimes gets in the way of a good story, colour can sometimes get in the way of a good photograph. 

Note 1: Back in the dark age of chemical photography, I used to print my black and white photographs onto fibre photographic paper and tone them using archival selenium toner. This gave a lovely warm tone to the prints which I've tried to replicate here. 

Note 2: Pressing F11 on your keyboard will display the taller photos in full page view.

Most of the photographs here were shot during walks along the Cornish Coastal Footpath in August 2010................ 


Charlestown Harbour


Tallships, Charlestown. These are more of a nod towards attracting the tourist s than any 
genuine echo of the past, but they do look good moored up here 



Even after extensive travelling to other parts of the world, this remains one of my favourite places on earth  



Old fishermen's terrace, now used as holiday homes



AA brave person about to jump from the rocks into the water below. Lizard peninsular 






Coverack, the small fishing village where I spent many happy holidays as a child. I took my first photograph from 
here on a Kodak "Box Brownie"  the catalyst that sparked my lifelong interest in photography 



The estuary & beach at Crantock 



All that remains of Tintagel Castle. Legend says that Merlin 
lived in the cave below the castle 


Tin mines

Tin & copper mining were abundant in Cornwall throughout the 1800s and up to the mid 1900s. The empty shells of the now still engine houses and old mine workings remain scattered around many of the hillsides and cliffs.  Like silent sentinels they bear witness to the once bustling industry of a bygone age.  

This is part the Levant mine which closed in 1931 after 90 years of continuous working. 
Perched on the cliff tops of the North Cornwall coast just east of Lands End, this was
inhospitable terrain, work here was hard & dangerous


The importance of mining in the area is reflected in the pub names. The Tinners Arms at Zennor


Other disused engine houses can be found in the Truro area 



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