Although steeped in history, there is something very modern about the fishing village of Newlyn. As the largest fishing port in England, Newlyn is home base to a large and modern fishing fleet.
I loved the colour and visual chaos of the modern fleet, and couldn’t help cropping in close to accentuate the shapes and lines produced by so many boats in close proximity.
I chose a more modest working boat to include in the Fishing Boats of Devon and Cornwall greeting card series. I like the interaction of circles and straight lines in this image, and the predominance of red and blue tones.
I was in Newlyn at low tide and tucked in behind the old harbour wall the remants of the past were telling a softer, more subtle story than the modern fishing fleet.
There is something very evocative about a boat in decay which is why chose these two old hulls for the Fishing Boats of Devon and Cornwall greeting card series. It felt like a risky choice, given the state they are in. However there seems to be something that people can relate to in a boat that has seen better days.