“Everything that matters to you is in Cornwall” – Elisabeth (to Ross)
Winston Graham, the author of the novel Poldark spent most of his life on the North Cornish coast and that is where all the inspiration came from for his story-lines. He loves Cornwall, its history and he based his fictional characters often on people he had met there.
It is here, in the beautiful surrounding of the Cornish beaches the life of Ross Poldark home- Nampara was established. Emma Marriott in her book “The world of Poldark” mentioned about Graham: “Here he spent much of his time watching the flickering colors in the water; the white flash of gulls’ wings, angular and sharp, against slanting skies; the sea pinks clinging perpendicularly to the gentler rocks like close-cropped pink beards, the thump of waves forcing their way through a blow hole and turning spume into mist; the welter of wild flowers in the unspoiled fields…the endless procession of cloud and sun against the background of wide skies”
My love of Cornwall, Graham’s novels and only recent TV series Poldark lead me toward this project. It took a lot of time, patience, miles of walking to find suitable spots for shooting in the chosen locations. I needed courage due to my fears of heights as I had to stand sometimes near the edges of the cliffs to take the photos. I managed to complete 6 locations where the BBC series was filmed.
Charlestown is a small port town in the Cornwall. The town received the name from the name of the creator Charles Rashleigh, industrialist involved in the trade of ceramic clay. The town was built in the Victorian style and inhabited by approx. 3000 people.In this town the BBC filmed scenes of ships arriving into a harbor, the port life in 18th century and the marriage of Blamey and Verity on a boat. thebeachhaven.co.uk/…wall/poldark-harbour
During my visit in Charlestown I had a chance to explore The Shipwreck and Heritage Centre which amazed me with the amount of treasures found in sunken ships.
Bodmin and Bodmin Jail
It is the largest, most thriving city, the ancient capital of Cornwall, an ideal place for a family holiday. In the vicinity of the town centre are several fascinating historical sites as The Shire Hall, Bodmin Jail Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Town Museum and St. Petroc`s Church.
The heaths of the Bodmin area were extolled by writer Daphne du Maurier in her book Jamaica Inn. Stunning walks, tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of civilization makes a lot of people come here for relaxation. The small village of moorlands invites you to hospitable inns and churches full of ghosts of the past.
Bodmin jail is dark and gloomy. It was built in 1776 and it was one of the first prisons which condemned served the sentence in solitary confinement and which they carried out public executions. In Bodmin Jail Ross Poldark was filmed going to the aid of an incarcerated Jim. spoilertv.com/…/poldark-episode-6-advance-preview
Shooting in low light condition especially when we are not always aloud to use a flash require knowledge of our camera possibilities. I have to admit that working in this condition is not my favorite and sometimes I need take a few shots before I decide about the one I am quite happy with.
Botallack is an incredible building because you get a real sense of the connection back to the past. ”
– Margaret Mitchell, series producer
In Botallack was seated the fictional family mine that Ross Poldark tries restore to its former splendor and prosperity. I think it is one of the most picturesque places and the view takes your breath away. There is something special about this place, dungaree and beautiful at the same time. I experienced feelings as if time had stopped here. The engine houses clings to the edges of cliffs ready to tell their stories about past years and people who worked here. twitter.com/PoldarkPhotos
Information found on : https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/levant-mine-and-beam-engine/features/explore-botallack-mine They said: Botallack produced 14,500 tonnes of tin, 20,000 tonnes of copper ore and 1,500 tonnes of refined arsenic. It was a submarine mine, and its shafts reach 570m deep and extend nearly half a mile out to sea.
The extra unexpected attraction of the afternoon was meeting with wonderful wild life painter Paul Apps which he kindly gave me permission to take photos of him while he was painting a landscape and ask also to send him the images so he can use on his website. paulappsfineart.com
Levant Mine & Beam Engine
Levant Mine is my favourite Poldark location so far, maybe because I visited here just as the sun was going down and it simply looked so beautiful and peaceful. Residues of mine are located on the seafront and belong to National Trust. Quoting the https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/poldarks-filming-locations : “It’s the only Cornish beam engine anywhere in the world that is still in steam on its original site. The view of the coast in this particular place of Cornwall is really extraordinary. I didn’t have a chance to explore the mine shafts due to late hours but I will be back to this place hopefully soon to continue the journey of Poldark locations.
In the village one of the biggest attractions undoubtedly is amphitheater carved into the rock. Picturesque location among cliffs and views of the Atlantic Ocean, makes the local scene one of the most beautiful hotels in the world. In this charming place still performance shows. In the neighborhood of theater there is a small beautiful beach which was picked by the creators for Napara Cove – family place of Poldark. You can also come to here by walking down the narrow carved stairs in the rocks. express.co.uk/…/Poldark-series-2-Aidan-Turner-kiss-wife-Eleanor-Tomlinson
Porthgwarra Cove is a small and beautiful beach on the South West Coast between Land’s End and Porthcurno. It was also the place where Ross Poldark had his much talked about early morning swim spied on by Demelza. This secluded cove was also the location for the scene where “Ross Poldark gave Mark his boat, so he could sail to France and avoid arrest for the death of his wife, Keren.” poldark-tours.co.uk/voluntary-tour
If I have a chance to back to Cornwall and do again the same project I would definitely stock myself with more equipment. I had only the use two Canon lenses: 24-70mm and 50mm and for landscape shots are required mostly 16-200 or 300mm for a full frame DSLR. I had a circular polarizing filter and tripod but not always I used these items. Sometimes I had to act very quickly to catch the moment and I had no time to change the filter or use the tripod. Also due to my physical weakness of my back I am not allowed to carry heavy equipment.
The second thing which is required is knowledge. I definitely prefer to shoot in golden hours when the sun position on the sky is more suitable for beautiful photos with softer shadows. Usually I used manual setting in my Canon cameras but occasionally I needed to set up for automatic mode with white balance as the weather in Cornwall could change dramatically within a few minutes. Luckily it happened rarely. I changed the settings a few times with the withe balance by using Kelvin temperature. I also used flash gun with octagon diffuser.
All images were adjusted in Photoshop and plug Nik Collection which I really like very much. Along very basic changes there were more advanced especially when the sky adding was needed due to create more dramatic, dynamic and more interesting look of the image. But this happened only occasionally and most of the photos still keep the first original look.