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Openspaces: Cornwall’s Shores in Photos

A year’s worth of surf-focused iPhone shots assembled into a clean and simple hardcover


Recent years have seen England’s surf scene earn more and more credit on an international level. With the growing popularity of cold water surfing (and the ability to quickly document and share one’s sessions via social media) England’s frigid yet picturesque wave-riding culture has fortunately found its way into our feeds. “Openspaces” is a photography book from the mind of Karl Mackie, founder of Cornwall-based creative studio Mackie. Highlighting the seasonality of England’s foremost surf-centric county, Mackie organized his best photos of the year by month. Shot entirely on iPhone, the photos capture the spectrum of experience; from the quiet excitement of a morning session in the summer to the solitude of a January line-up.


“As a photographer who travels to shoot work for Mackie Studio, you’ll usually find me with my backpack on, a couple of SLRs, multiple lenses, film cameras and… an iPhone,” Mackie explains. “Shooting daily images on an iPhone only really started when the phone’s camera got better and Instagram was beginning to shine. What started out as a curious interest has grown into a fun and enjoyable part of the day, not to mention an important social tool.” With a minimal feel, the photos highlight the relationship between the sea and the sky and turning the pages of these images is a bit like looking at a flipbook through the year; as the sun’s angle changes so too do the colors expressed on the Cornish coast.

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Images courtesy of Mackie Studio


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