Cornwall LivingIssue #107

Liquid drama

As we wave goodbye to winter and embrace the warmer days of spring, Waves Gallery, Porthleven is eager to once again open its doors.

With winter coming to an end and spring fast approaching, Waves Gallery in Porthleven can’t wait to re-open and welcome everybody back to enjoy the wonder of the Cornish ocean in its photographic form. It will be great to see Cornwall full of life again, with people able to enjoy the beaches (hopefully) in the sunshine.

“We will be back open again as soon as we can with some exciting new changes to the gallery,” explains Mike Lacey, photographer and founder of Waves Gallery. “We have been busy here in Porthleven transforming the upstairs space into a light and airy feature exhibition which will be exclusively for my black and white photography prints.” This is something Mike has wanted to do for some time, as he explains, “because the black and white of a photo brings out the textures and tones of a wave rather than being distracted by the colour. It will be great to have them all in one feature space.”

Although it’s been a quiet start to the year in Cornwall, the swell has been amazing and has provided Mike with some excellent opportunities to capture those intense winter waves. There has been an endless swell this season, ranging from wild stormy waves to perfect surfable offshore conditions. No matter the weather, Mike is always keen to swim out into the swell with his camera – winter time in particular provides the dramatic shots he craves. There will be many of these new prints on display in the gallery – including the pictured shot named ‘Emerald Spray’. “This,” Mike explains, “was taken on the south coast with all of the elements working perfectly together on a cold but sunny afternoon.”

Alongside his incredible wave photography, Mike has also been embracing being able to explore the local area with his camera, including some amazing rock and tidal pools. “Cornwall is an endless inspiration,” finishes Mike, “and we are so grateful to be based in such a beautiful part of the country. We can’t wait to see you all soon!”


Waves Gallery

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