Move over London, why Cornwall is the UK’s most creative county right now

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It was my late father who took me back to South Cornwall – a corner of the country that had meant childhood holidays of striped windbreaks and digging in rocks; learning the names of thrift, skylark, wood sorrel and primrose, a form of poetry for me. Dad had spent years cruising the coastline, and there was a section of the South West Coast Path from Par to Portscatho that I wanted to complete for him.

Sunset along the Helford River on the Eda FrandsenLucy Laucht

Those days of hidden creeks, wild ponies and setting suns interrupted by wilder storms grew into a larger photographic project. And somehow I ended up living on the Lizard Peninsula, a lyrical, wild landscape of steep cliffs, hidden coves and the right kind of isolation. I was drawn to the landscape and the way light moves through it. But I was also convinced that I could trade New York for a life here thanks to the rich and vibrant community I found – filmmakers, photographers, potters and people who forge a life connected to the natural environment. ; all make it work, and support each other so much. For two years, I have found a revival of creativity in this place.

Lucy Laucht

I also saw a side of Cornwall that sometimes gets lost in the headlines – especially the little scenes that build around the edges of the most well-known locations. Such as the increasingly artsy Penryn, just north of Falmouth; or Newlyn, an authentic, everyday alternative to Penzance, the northern neighbor it meets. From bustling St Ives the tourists dwindle as you drive south towards Sennen – one of my favorite stretches of coastline anywhere in the world. Cornwall has become my home – and, having never thought I could found a creative career here, I now feel like there’s nowhere I’d rather be.

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