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Royal Visit to Cornwall

08 Aug 2019

It's not every day that you get asked to photograph a royal visit, so when local councillor James Mustoe asked me to photograph Charles and Camilla on their visit to Mevagissey, I thought it sounded like it might be an interesting experience. It was the Royal couple's first port of call on their three-day visit to Cornwall. I'll admit to being a little nervous, it's easy to let the sense of occasion get the better of you, the village was absolutely buzzing about the impending visit. I also felt a sense of responsibility in recording this event as for the local community and Mevagissey Museum, in other words, I wanted to get it right! 

I had access along with a small bundle of press photographers and was accompanied by Clarence House throughout who gently guided us so we were one step ahead of Charles and Camilla, close enough for decent images whilst never getting in the way. The weather was perfect, big blue skies and bright sun, although this brought problems of its own in the form of hard shadows and some tricky exposures (I know, I know, never happy).


Stepping back for a little perspective on this kind of event, it must be odd to have a pack photographers recording your every move, when even eating ice cream becomes a big deal. I know they're used to it, but still, I can't help but find it all very strange. But aside from that, I enjoyed the experience and I'd like to thanks James for the opportunity


~ Sal


Above: Charles and Camilla had a very warm welcome in Mevagissey


Above: Charles meeting Mike Roberts, chairman of the local parish council. Also pictured, Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer and Chief Executive of Cornwall Council, Kate Kennally.


Above: Local fisherman Rodney Ingram demonstrating his net-mending skills.


Above: Camilla visited She Sells for ice cream - she chose vanilla, of course.


Above: Charles, yarning with the locals on the quay. 


Above: There was a lot of excitement from Mevagissey Primary School. pupils.


Above: Camilla with Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Edward Bolitho


Above: Cheerio Charlie.

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A caffeinated collaboration with Rising Ground

31 Jul 2019


It's true that most creative studios run on coffee and ours is no exception. The first thing we do in the morning is put the kettle on and grind the coffee beans for the first brew of the day whilst the computers are booting up. So when Sean from Rising Ground asked us if we'd be interested in collaborating on a label design and to create a 'house blend' for the studio, it was really a no-brainer. 


After a visit to the Rising Ground HQ in Wadebridge that involved some serious taste testing ("I like this one"), a brew was born. It was fun to work on this project with Sean, to whom the idea of having the Kraken rising from the deep whilst grasping a cup with its tentacle on a bag of coffee wasn't met with utter horror. Each bag is hand-printed on an old letterpress machine which lends a pleasing texture to the line drawing. Most importantly it tastes delicious, a great all-rounder for everyday drinking and fuelling long days in the studio. 


You can purchase here if you fancy it:


Above: Illustration in situ on the kraft paper coffee bags.

Above: Original illustration done with a dip pen and ink on watercolour paper.



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