We learned that Vivienne and Nigel were travelling to Cornwall and, being the scroungers that we are, invited ourselves over to stay with them. Nigel’s family home is in the village of Cadgwith in the south of Cornwall, close to the Lizard peninsula. Nigel knows the area well and it was a delight to be driven around for 4 days with someone who had local knowledge and stories to tell. Our first set of photos is in and around Cadgwith. The village is about a 5-minute stroll down the hill from the house – very picture-book with many houses having a thatched roof.
The next day we drove around the coast to Mullion Cove, scene of many a Nigel escapade, then on to Porthleven for lunch followed by an afternoon in St Ives.
This is a fantastic part of the country for photography – around every corner there is a new scene just waiting to be snapped, with the sea colour changing from green to blue to turquoise. The light in this southern part of Cornwall has a particular luminance, particularly at St Ives and Porthleven, and it attracts a lot of artists following a visit from Turner to the area in 1811.