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Roche Rock, St Michael's Chapel. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

Roche Rock, Cornwall.

10th January 2009

I have seen pictures of the chapel on Roche Rock many times but always taken from the same place, the side nearest the road.

I think this fooled me into thinking that there must be few other shots to be found here, because I have often driven past this location without even investigating it.

That is a mistake I will not be repeating in the future.

The chapel, dedicated to St. Michael in 1409 is built on a granite outcrop that has attracted so much folk lore I suspect it was a sacred site long before the Christians adopted it.

Whatever it’s history, the chapel on the rock is an impressive subject that the light suited well on this day.

We were fortunate to be here while there were few other visitors about.

Roche Rock, St Michael's Chapel. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

This image is one that I have also  used as part of a series of more impressionistic images using a process I have been developing.

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Award winning landscape photography by Wayland
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I would imagine that in summer this could become a very crowded place as the chapel is quite small with only one way up to it as far as I could tell.We didn’t climb the ladder to the chapel itself as it was the outer walls that we were interested in.

Although the rock is surrounded by modern buildings, most of the viewpoints allow you to avoid getting them in the shot.

This is another site to add to my “must check out” list when visiting this part of the country.