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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My week at design room

19 Jul 2019

On Monday morning I arrived unsure of what I would be doing for the next week; I knew photography would be a part of it but had no idea of the significance that this subject would have. Despite this I showed up prepared for whatever I was going to be doing. I soon settled in, taking in all the new information I was learning. I feel that I have obtained a diverse range of skills whilst working at design room this week that I will be able to continue using, especially in my gcse photography course work at school.


As well as getting my head around using a camera on manual mode, I have just as equally developed a deeper understanding of photoshop. I can now effectively edit images, which I was not completely sure on how to do before and can also prepare them to be used for social medias.


By experimenting with lighting in a studio setting I managed to eliminate shadows and create compelling images that were in focus. This allowed me to see how much tweaking the percentage of a lights brightness or tone could effect an images appearance. During this week I've gained independence by working on individual projects.The main thing that I've enjoyed is being able to spend a lot of time on one subject rather than having a small time limit.Because of this, I've been able to work on subjects in depth. Another thing that I particularly liked was the social media aspect of the company. I got to plan posts for instagram and Facebook which I didn't realize Design Room did before hand. In conclusion I'd like to say thank you and that I have enjoyed working at design room because I've been able do a variety of different tasks that I wouldn't of been able to complete before this week.





coffee at Tatams


Boss bun from Da Bara bakery





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