Would you get up at 00:30 and drive 200 miles to take an image??


Well.. why wouldn't they??

I'm just starting out on a new photographic project where I'm visiting Lidos and outdoor swimming pools around the UK. The main reason being that these iconic places combine both my love of water and architecture in the same image.

In a survey by one of the UK's top national newspapers, the Lido at Penzance in Cornwall, came out as being the #1... so I had to go and visit.

It took quite a bit of persuading to be allowed in to take images and I was given just one hour before the public were allowed in! 08:45- 09:45

Penzance is located at the far west corner of England with Land's End only 9 miles away. It would take me nearly 4 hours to drive the 200 miles needed to get there! There were 2 other sites close by that had also attracted my attention as possible places to visit so I made a plan to visit them both before I made my appointment at the pool. (More about my Pool shoot in future blogs)

This image is taken of St Michael's Mount at Marazion about 3 miles to the East of Penzance. Dawn was at 07:00 and both images in this blog were taken at 06:15

This is the Wikipedia info...


St Michael's Mount (CornishKarrek Loos yn Koos,[1] meaning "hoar rock in woodland")[2] is a tidal island in Mount's BayCornwall, United Kingdom. The island is a civil parish and is linked to the town of Marazion by a man-made causeway of granite setts, passable between mid-tide and low water. It is managed by the National Trust, and the castle and chapel have been the home of the St Aubyn family since approximately 1650.

Historically, St Michael's Mount was a Cornish counterpart of Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, France (with which it shares the same tidal island characteristics and the same conical shape, though it is much smaller, at 57 acres, than Mont St Michel which covers 247 acres), when it was given to the Benedictine religious order of Mont Saint-Michel by Edward the Confessor in the 11th century.

St Michael's Mount is one of 43 unbridged tidal islands that one can walk to from mainland Britain. Part of the island was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1995 for its geology.