Part 1 – The Light
Tobi Carver - 15th April 2020
Picture the scene…
It’s the mid-1920s and a couple of artists from the trendy London set have taken the trip to Cornwall and find themselves taking a picnic overlooking the sparkling turquoise waters of St Ives bay.
“Oh I say, Ben,’ she says, ‘isn’t this light just to die for … So intense … So clear … So pristine … So special!”
“Yes dear … Pass the potato salad would you?”
That moment started the process of St Ives becoming a world famous artists colony.
Okay so it probably didn’t happen that way but it was the ‘quality of the light’ that in part drew and still draws artists to St Ives.
So how come a small Cornish town, built on the back of fishing and mining has achieved such renown as an artistic hotspot and just what do people mean when they talk about the quality of light?
Some say there is nothing different about the light than anywhere else and the truth is there isn’t really but it’s not just about the light …
Words: Tobi Carver
Pictures: Kieran Brimson and Gavan Goulder