Photographing Cornwall

David Chap­man

Pho­to­graph­ing Cornwall

Photographing Cornwall cover image

Oyster fish­ing, Car­rick Roads

Oyster fishing, Carrick Roads © David Chapman photo

Sum­mer, West Pentire

Summer, West Pentire © David Chapman photo


Har­bour wall, Portreath

Harbour wall, Portreath © David Chapman photo


China clay pit, Wheal Martyn

China clay pit, Wheal Martyn © David Chapman photo

Autumn, Godol­phin Woods

Autumn, Godolphin Woods © David Chapman photo

Sun­set, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly

Sunset, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly © David Chapman photo


Corn­wall is among the most beau­ti­ful and var­ied counties in Bri­tain. The images in Pho­to­graph­ing Corn­wall cap­ture some of its most stun­ning loc­a­tions: cliffs, stacks and arches of the coast­line; beau­ti­ful beaches; heather-​​clad moors; wooded val­leys; ancient farmed land­scapes, and the remains of an indus­trial past. Corn­wall is pic­tured through the sea­sons and revealed in all its moods.

This book will appeal to all who love Corn­wall and are inspired by its land­scape. Pho­to­graph­ers will appre­ci­ate the pro­vi­sion of tech­nical details for the images, and hints on tak­ing land­scape photographs.

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One of Cornwall’s most respec­ted pho­to­graph­ers, David Chap­man has lived in the county for some 20 years. A pas­sion for pho­to­graphy and wild­life led him to write fea­tures for a num­ber of magazines, and he has twice won double awards from the Out­door Writers’ Guild for pho­to­graphy and writ­ing. His work is pub­lished reg­u­larly in magazines, and his pho­to­graphs are stocked by a num­ber of pho­to­graphic lib­rar­ies. He is the author of Wild about Corn­wall, Pen­with Moods, Birds of Corn­wall and the Isles of Scilly, Explor­ing the Cornish Coast, Wild­flowers of Corn­wall and the Isles of Scilly, St Ives and St Ives Bay, Inspir­a­tional Islands: The Isles of Scilly, A Cornish YearWalk­ing in Pen­with and Walk­ing on the Liz­ard, and pho­to­grapher for Iconic Corn­wall (all pub­lished by Alison Hodge).

  • Intro­duc­tion
  • The Pho­to­graphs: Spring, Farm­ing, Gar­dens, Beaches, Coast, Har­bours, Light­houses, Geo­logy, Sum­mer, Islands, Mist, Reflec­tions, Skies, Time and Tide, Sun­set, Dark­ness Falls, Autumn, Storms, Against the Light, Ancient His­tory, His­tory, Tors and Moors, Winter
  • Notes on the Photographs
  • Tak­ing Land­scape Photographs

ISBN: 9780906720776
1st edi­tion
112 pages
93 col­our pho­tos
190 x 200 mm

stun­ning images taken across Corn­wall’ (West Bri­ton, 12.05.11)

David Chapman’s aim is always to “cap­ture the var­ied spirit, atmo­sphere and beauty” of Corn­wall with the pho­to­graphs he takes. That he has suc­ceeded is bey­ond doubt.’ (West­ern Morn­ing News, 03.06.11)

From the fields upon fields of bright, golden daf­fodils shot against a moody blue sky, and ancient ruins perched on high cliffs or in dank green forests, to achingly stun­ning beach­s­capes, pas­toral set­tings and gran­di­ose ocean views of stormy waves crash­ing against jagged rocks; Chap­man suc­cess­fully cap­tures the many facets of Corn­wall through­out the four sea­sons. … as much an intim­ate explor­a­tion of the beauty of Corn­wall as it is  a sub­lime exer­cise in excep­tional land­scape pho­to­graphy’ (Out­door Pho­to­graphy, July 2011)

Chap­man gives some wel­come tips on how to achieve stun­ning pho­to­graphs. … the most ama­teur of pho­to­graph­ers will be able to improve res­ults’ (Tav­is­tock Times Gaz­ette, 16.06.11)

Each month we show­case some of the best pho­to­graphs from some of Cornwall’s most inspir­ing pho­to­graph­ers. David Chapman’s beau­ti­ful and stun­ning loc­a­tion shot [a two-​​page spread of The Carters off Holy­well Bay] is typ­ical of the beau­ti­ful pho­to­graphs fea­tured in his book Pho­to­graph­ing Corn­wall’. (myCorn­wall, Vol 2, issue 7, August/​September 2011)

David Chap­man is a well-​​known name… edit­ors have will­ingly used his con­sid­er­able pho­to­graphic abil­it­ies… They [the pho­to­graphs] are indeed superb… he explains briefly what drew him to cre­ate each image, the chal­lenges, and the equip­ment and expos­ures he used. Alison Hodge has employed her cus­tom­ary expert­ise in pro­du­cing yet another first-​​rate Chap­man book!’ (Old Corn­wall, vol. XIV, no.6, Spring 2012)

If you love Corn­wall, and Chap­man clearly does, then this is a book for you… 100 pages of spec­tac­u­lar images reveal­ing the unusual beauty of one of Britain’s most var­ied counties’ (Out­door Pho­to­graphy, May 2012)

Arrest­ing image fol­lows arrest­ing image… we see Corn­wall in all its many moods… bounteous gar­dens, pure, stretch­ing beaches, islands in balmy sum­mer, tur­bu­lent skies, the rise of the sun and the fall of dark­ness. Nor is David Chap­man jeal­ous of his art: he hap­pily provides tech­nical details of how the shot was taken, and volun­teers expert advice on land­scape pho­to­graphy’ (Ever­green, Autumn 2012)

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