The forecast was poor and I hadn’t quite gotten used to the notion that the weather would be that way for most of my week in Cornwall.
I would adapt.
I would come to remember that there are reasons that I packed full rain gear and my waterproof hiking boots.
But after walking in the fog on my first day I decided not to walk in the rain on my second. Instead, I headed to St. Ives, Cornwall, a town in southern England that has attracted artists and tourists since the 19th century.
Beautiful landscape and the quality of light on the sea are mentioned frequently as the reasons that artists were attracted to St Ives though the latter is difficult to understand. (Read: The Special Quality of Light in St Ives). JMW Turner painted a landscape here in 1811 however it was in the 1920s that the town became a real centre for the arts with Bernard Leach, Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth moving here. Thus began the St Ives School . In 1993, the Tate St. Ives Gallery opened followed by the Barbara Hepworth Museum. This led to the opening of many more galleries and an art scene that is flourishing.
But it wasn’t for the galleries that I went to St Ives. True to the purpose of my trip, I wanted to enjoy the fresh air as much as possible. The day didn’t turn out as badly as expected and I walked (more accurately, meandered) along the boardwalk and shoreline path around the town. Below are some of my photos from the day.