St Ives was just a short drive away from our cottage in the very south-west of Cornwall, so we decided to dedicate a misty day to wandering its quaint (though tourist-filled) alleyways and stretching shoreline. It was beautifully photogenic and we spent a very happy few hours browsing the independent art galleries and stores, feasting on Cornish pasties and watching the mist creep quietly away out to sea.
One of the things I loved about St Ives was although it was bustling with tourists you could still find quiet spots and intimate moments to capture. It was immediately obvious why the town is such a crucial and historic artists’ colony, and this artistic tradition doesn’t just continue today – it thrives, not only through visual arts but also literature, music and drama too.
Today, of course, it’s most popular as a holiday destination and there’s absolutely something for everyone: beautiful beaches, boat rides to see the local seal colony, fascinating museums, one of just four Tate galleries in the world, surfing lessons, incredible food, and countless Pokéstops, if that’s what you’re into.
Ultimately, it’s a place that needs to be seen – so rather than writing all about the trip I’ve put together my favourite photographs from our visit. Now all I want to do is go right back!
Have you been to St Ives?