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Introductions – Chillbrook from Cornwall Photographic

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It seemed appropriate to rename the posts, so from now on I am going to refer these as introductions.  I hope many of you already know the persons work, or you may be being introduced for the first time.

Cornwall Photographic 

Today we are looking at the work of Chillbrook and his beautiful images of the Cornwall countryside, hence the name of his blog.  The landscape of where he takes photos is very different to the landscapes I see here in Australia.

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This is the type of image that I very much associate with Chillbrook.  The vast moody landscape of the countryside.  I love the colours and how green it is.  The dark sky, to me is something that I always think of when I think of England.  There is something about the idea that it rains all the time in England.

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Every time I see this building in an image, I know that it is one of Chillbrook’s images.  This building is quite unique and I know, well I am pretty sure, he has photographed this many times and presented it in many different ways.

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What do you say to an image like this, but WOW.  I love this, I love everything about it.  Great shot.  The only thing I don’t like is that it isn’t an image I took.

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I am glad that he also takes photos of the boats and the wharfs of Cornwall as well.  For people, like me, who have never been there, it seems an important part of that area. He has taken quite a few photos of the fishing boats, I think that is what they are.

I asked Chillbrook for some information about his photograph, what inspires him, how long he has been taking photos, you know the sort of thing and he wrote the following.

“I used to take photographs as a young teenager.  My dad bought me a Russian Zenit camera for my 13th birthday.  This was the late ’70s and a time when if you bought a camera, even the cheaper ones like the Zenit, came in a lovely leather case to protect the camera and lens.  I loved it.  It was a manual camera, of course, and I quickly got to grips with the holy trinity of exposure and using my Dad’s light meter I experimented a fair bit and even developed a few black and white films in the dark room at school but regular teenagerly pursuits took over and I pretty much left photography there.

When I became ill with MS and had to retire from my teaching job, I moved to Cornwall, a place I’d had many happy childhood holidays, and decided I’d like to take up photography again. I bought myself the sort of camera I’d wanted for many years, a Nikon D800 and a superb Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 lens.  I’d remembered the basics but over the last 18 months I’ve read a great deal, looked at tons of photographs and got to know my camera well and gradually, I’m getting to know Cornwall a little better too.

I take pictures for me but started a blog as a kind of online diary of my photographic journey and through the blog, I was introduced to a large community of very supportive and encouraging people and through them, I have found the confidence to move my photography onto a professional footing.  Through my website www.cornwallphotographic.net and a couple of local galleries, I have found a market for my prints and cards and I recently received a commission to produce a book of photographs depicting Cornwall’s history and heritage through its landscape and coastline.

I really believe that for a photograph to be successful, the photographer has to connect with the subject in a very real and fundamental way. This connection is very much a part of the creative process. You talk to wildlife photographers and they are passionate about wildlife.  Fashion photograhers are passionate about fashion.  I’m deeply in love with the Cornish landscape, from the beautiful and sometimes bleak moorland to the rugged coastline and beautiful beaches, the wild weather and the dramatic skies and this passion, I hope, is reflected in the photographs I take.”

I am going to put a number of images into a gallery now for you to look at, but there a lot more images on his blog Cornwall Photographic so I encourage you to go and take a look, and say hello.

I would like to thank Chillbrook from Cornwall Photographic for giving me permission to show you his work.

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103 Comments Post a comment
  1. inspires me to take refuge in nature’s beauty, thanks!

    July 22, 2013
    • I know what you mean, I can imagine being there and it being very windy. Maybe I should plan a trip to Tasmania.

      July 22, 2013
      • may the road rise with you, whether to Tasmania, or somewhere, just as sacred, much closer to home.

        July 22, 2013
      • That would be wonderful, I think Tasmania would be great.

        July 22, 2013
  2. Very nice work, I’ve never been in Cornwall, always had the project, but now I really want!

    July 22, 2013
    • I am the same, never been there, and like you would love to go now.

      July 22, 2013
  3. Fabulous fotos!

    July 22, 2013
    • I have to agree John.

      July 22, 2013
      • I followed the author. England – so want to go there!

        July 22, 2013
      • Me too, Cornwall and Wales, both on my list.

        July 22, 2013
  4. and stunning captures…love the black and white skies and water…all so beautiful.

    July 22, 2013
  5. He’s very talented. Thanks for sharing.

    July 22, 2013
    • He is very talented, some beautiful work, and you are very welcome.

      July 22, 2013
  6. I am now following Cornwall Photographic, thank you for posting this article. I just returned from England, albeit int he Pennines, not Cornwall. They were fabulous as well. I could spend time…

    July 22, 2013
  7. Absolutely stunning images. Really makes you wonder at the beauty that is our world. Thank you for sharing.

    July 22, 2013
    • It certainly does, it seems like a very rugged place, if that is the right word. You are welcome.

      July 22, 2013
  8. A very cool idea Leanne and a great representation of his work, well done :)
    Regards
    Mark

    July 22, 2013
    • Glad you like it Mark, it seems to be well liked, the idea, oh and the work, so it makes me think I should keep doing it. :)

      July 22, 2013
  9. fabulous post & pics.

    July 22, 2013
  10. I follow Chillbrook already – nice selection of his work!

    July 22, 2013
  11. Breathtaking images!

    July 22, 2013
  12. He is always stunning!!! He is My favorite blogger like you… Thanks for sharing this beautiful posts!!!

    July 22, 2013
    • I agree Rexlin, oh, thank you, haha. It was a pleasure highlighting his work.

      July 22, 2013
  13. Bob #

    Nice blog. Nothing wrong with being humble and sharing. Some of us can only go to these places via people like yorself sharing. What a shame to miss this otherwise.
    Thanks for the post.

    July 22, 2013
    • That’s great to hear Bob, and it is nice to be able to share blogs and show the work of others as well.

      July 22, 2013
  14. His work is fabulous, I envy such talent!
    It isn’t always raining here though honestly :-)

    July 22, 2013
    • I do too, and his subject matter.
      Yes, I am sure it isn’t, they say the same about Melbourne, and it does rain, but not all the time. :)

      July 22, 2013
  15. Dani of Henry Arthur Photography #

    I love these photos! I will have to check this photographer out. I’m curious, how do you know what photographer to share on your “Introductions”?

    July 22, 2013
    • Yes, please do, his work is wonderful and I have only shown you a small part of it. I don’t know, this is only the second time I have done it. I picked photographers whose work I admire, so far they are people who have followed me and I’ve followed them. Not sure how it will go in the future. Time will tell.

      July 22, 2013
  16. BEAUTIFUL pictures! Simply stunning!

    July 22, 2013
    • Yes, I have to totally agree with your statement, they are simply stunning.

      July 22, 2013
  17. I am already a follower of Chillbrook and I am in total agreement with you, he is a wonderful photographer.

    July 22, 2013
    • I am too, and you are right, he is a wonderful photographer.

      July 22, 2013
  18. Inspiring! :)

    July 22, 2013
  19. Cornwall is a beautiful! I always like going there.
    Beautiful photo’s as well.

    July 22, 2013
    • It looks beautiful, I would love to be able to go there, maybe one day.

      July 22, 2013
  20. Beautiful landscapes….very inspiring :-)

    July 22, 2013
    • They are aren’t they, he really does a great job of the landscape. :)

      July 22, 2013
  21. OSM POSTS!!! Keep up the good work

    July 22, 2013
    • Doing these posts is a great way to show off the work of other people and I love being able to do it.

      July 22, 2013
  22. You are one hell of a photographer. thanx for liking my post though it’s nothing compared to yours.

    BEST OF LUCK

    July 22, 2013
    • You know these images in this particular post are not mine, they are great images. You don’t need to thank me for liking your post, it was a pleasure. Best of luck to you too.

      July 22, 2013
  23. I wish it did rain all the time in Blighty. It’s been glorious sunshine and 97 degrees in the shade for the last two months. I’m starting to forget what rain feels like.

    July 22, 2013
    • Is this where I say, been there, we have many summers like that. I suppose that is one of the problems living in a dry continent. I hope you get some rain soon, and then it will rain and you will wish it would stop.

      July 22, 2013
  24. Ben #

    Absolutely stunning photos, they make me want to move back to England! Thanks for sharing, I’m now following Cornwall Photographic. Really love this series promoting the work of others.

    July 22, 2013
    • I know what you mean, glad you liked his work, I think he is fabulous.
      That is great to hear, I do really enjoy doing these posts.

      July 22, 2013
  25. As someone who lives in Cornwall, I’d recommend if you ever got an opportunity to come to England to visit here. There’s so many places to photograph, so many beautiful sea-side towns and villages, coves, little hidden places, markets, and just some amazing landscapes in general. I really need to get out this summer and take some pictures of my local town of St Austell (and hopefully Carlyon Bay or Par beach) at some point. Beautiful pictures and I’m glad you introduced everyone to how beautiful Cornwall is via Chillbrook’s beautiful work.

    July 22, 2013
    • It is definitely on my list, I do really want to go there, for many reasons. I love the images that Chillbrook takes and would love to attempt some of my own.
      I hope you get out and get some yourself.

      July 22, 2013
  26. Beautiful gallery!

    July 22, 2013
    • So glad you enjoyed it Cardinal, Chillbrook does beautiful work.

      July 22, 2013
  27. Amazing photographs – thanks for sharing the work of a photographer you admire.

    July 22, 2013
    • You are very welcome, it is good to see so many liking them.

      July 22, 2013
      • These are absolutely stunning. I’ve just booked my first holiday to Cornwall and can’t wait to see such beautiful scenery.
        Really talented photography :)

        July 23, 2013
      • I am so jealous, I would love to go there. I hope you get some fantastic shots as well.
        Yes, he is a very talented photographer.

        July 23, 2013
  28. This looks like a stunning area to visit. Thanks for sharing this Leanne.

    July 23, 2013
    • I have to agree Colline, it looks very rugged, but also very beautiful. Glad you have enjoyed it.

      July 23, 2013
  29. I’m also a fan of this blog! Inspirational work. Nice post.

    July 23, 2013
    • I have to agree, it is very inspirational, glad you enjoyed it.

      July 23, 2013
  30. I’m a follower of Chillbrook’s site and work. There is a wonderful quality to his work and it’s fantastic to see you show-casing his work.

    July 23, 2013
    • Yes, I agree, there really is, he also showcases his area so well.

      July 23, 2013
  31. Beautiful – I am off there on holiday :-)

    July 23, 2013
    • How wonderful, hope you get some great photos too.

      July 23, 2013
  32. Thank you so much Leanne for sharing some of my pictures here. To read these lovely comments and to have shared a little bit of Cornwall with so many new people who have not been here or may not get the opportunity to come, inspires me to keep doing what I’m doing. I’m very grateful to you. :-)

    July 23, 2013
    • You are very welcome, and thank you for allowing me to do this. You have some beautiful, beautiful images of where you live and the area, it has been wonderful for me to see, so very different to my landscape.

      July 23, 2013
  33. lmarea3070 #

    I like when you talk about other people’s art work. It’s so inspiring!

    July 23, 2013
    • That is great to hear, I love it that people are enjoying these posts.

      July 23, 2013
  34. stunning photos…they kinds of scenes that not only draw me in but inspire me!

    July 23, 2013
    • They inspire me too Heather, he does some beautiful photos, I love the area he is photographing, I would love to visit it.

      July 23, 2013
  35. Even the ‘dark’ ones have this amazingly vivid quality to them. The area is wonderful, of course, but the photography is certainly of a high standard.

    July 23, 2013
    • I agree with everything you have said Colonialist, he really does justice to the area that he is in. Makes me think I should do some similar stuff.

      July 23, 2013
      • I do think you would be able to lend your style to it.

        July 23, 2013
      • Oh, I think you are being too kind, but thank you.

        July 23, 2013
  36. Thoroughly enjoy your blog and have nominated you for a few awards. Read my post or have a look at blog for more info. Cheers! Jessica

    July 23, 2013
    • Thank you Jessica, I will go and check it out. I have just had the weirdest experience, I was trying to click on your link in the comment section and it kept sending me to the reader, I don’t know what wordpress has done now. I had to google it in the end.

      July 23, 2013
  37. LB #

    I like the new Introductions and I really want to visit Cornwall. I have a friend who had a sabbatical in Cornwall and the photos he would post were stunning.

    July 23, 2013
    • That is great, it makes me want to do more introductions, already have permission for the next one. I really want to visit it as well, I imagine it would be hard to get bad photos in a place like that.

      July 23, 2013
  38. Well, I’m going to give another point of view. In most respects these pictures are great but they are in Cornwall, not Mexico. I was in Cornwall many times, including last summer, and these are not the colours of Cornwall, even in the bright summer we’re having at the moment. Of course I understand why commercial photographers do it; highly saturated colours sell better. It all began with Velvia and this preference for over-saturated hues led, I think, to the death of a much more colour-faithful film – Astia. Digital cameras seem to specialise in over-saturation. We have celebrated photographers here in Yorkshire who do it, fair enough if it sells better, but not when they claim they are aiming for ‘natural colours’. I took one of them to task about it in the photographic Press quite a few years ago, when he was using Velvia. In Yorkshire I object to it because one of the specific beauties of the Yorkshire landscape is the muted colour palette. Colours in Cornwall are a little more vivid, but not as depicted in these pictures.
    By the way, the chimney by the sea isn’t really “unique”. Cornwall is littered with these remains of tin mine engine houses and they all make great subjects for the photographer (especially, for me, in black and white).
    Of course, if the photographer is using the camera as a tool for producing ‘art’, then whether the colours are true or not is irrelevant. But I think these are supposed to illustrate the Cornish landscape, and I’d say that they do not. Cornwall is a really beautiful place and a paradise for a landscape photographer, but if you go expecting these colours you’ll be disappointed.

    July 24, 2013
    • I have to say this comment has really knocked me back. I am not really sure how to respond to it. So many other people who have responded and been to Cornwall thinks that Chillbrook has represented it nicely. Whether it is a true or realistic view would seem irrelevant, his work is gorgeous and his subject matter is Cornwall. Do you think my work is a true representation of what I see, or my version of it, I know it is the latter. I don’t want to take representational photos, then they would look like everyone else’s. I am sorry, but I just don’t get this comment, where it is coming from.

      July 24, 2013
  39. Hi Leanne I’m totally with you on this one .
    Hmm. One wonders why then so many Artists and Photographers in the past and present have chosen to make Cornwall their home in order to fully embrace the quality of the light down in the very western part of England which seems to give their paintings that justifiable X factor.
    Cornwall can be represented in so many ways . Misty, Moody, Dull, Exhilirating, Heavenly, Enthralling, Mystical, Rugged, I for one think Chillbrook achieves this in his images and by the look at the number of people following him and the comments he receives on his blog posts so do many others .
    He finds inspiration in his beautiful County and chooses to portray it as he sees it . Everyone will see something different, I’ve had days of disappointing weather conditions surrounded by Cornish sea mist, it takes nothing away from the fact that it IS a beautiful part of the country whether seen in colour, black and white, or rose tinted spectacles and its tourist statistics speak for themselves . If people were disappointed on account that a place was not in the colours they have seen in a brochure, book, pamphlet, blog, more fool them . What a ridiculous rubric that would be for visiting a place .
    Now … what was that I read somewhere … “Those who can’t, usually criticize those who can “

    July 24, 2013
  40. HEllo. Mind follow me?
    Haha…=)

    July 25, 2013
  41. Lovely photos Leanne. Thanks for sharing them.

    July 25, 2013
    • He does some incredible work, glad you enjoyed them.

      July 25, 2013
  42. Beautiful landscape images. Like the idea of sharing other photographers work. Keep it up.
    Great blog by the way.

    July 26, 2013
    • The landscapes are beautiful, I think he does a fantastic job. It seems to have been a popular idea and I know I won’t run out of people to talk about.
      Thank you George.

      July 26, 2013
  43. Wow!! So powerful!

    July 29, 2013
  44. I’m a convert, Leanne. His work is beautiful. Looking forward to more introductions. :)

    July 30, 2013
    • That is wonderful, I’ve been a convert for a while now, always happy to convert others. :)

      July 30, 2013
  45. They are beautiful. As someone who lived there for 14 years, I feel they capture the essence of the area, even if the colours are not always true to life. Artistic license surely.

    August 1, 2013
    • That is wonderful to hear, and I think you are right, artistic license for sure.

      August 1, 2013
  46. Reblogged this on Sherry's Space.

    August 1, 2013
  47. A stunning collection of work, and going to his website is like taking a trip to a storybook place.

    August 4, 2013
    • What a great way of putting it, I have to agree, his work is stunning.

      August 4, 2013

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