Amal – Ian Kingsnorth

Amal
amal n.m
plural: emlow
border / edge / margin / periphery / side / verge

Since I moved to Cornwall as a child, it has always been a place of two opposites; bursting to the seams with tourists in the summer, and lonely and quiet out of season when all the visitors have left. It was one of the first themes in my work when I studied photography at school, wandering around the streets of my home town of St. Ives in the winter trying to document the quietness. Over twenty years on, these seasonal fluctuations are ever more apparent.

Amal is the Cornish word for “border”. This series of images explores the boundaries of Upton Towans in Hayle, Cornwall. Now a Site of Special Scientific Interest and covered in grassland and sand dunes, it was once home to mining and the site of the National Explosives Works during the Second World War. This ongoing series is an attempt to document not only the physical borders of the site but the effects of tourism upon it and what happens when everyone goes home.


I am a photographer and filmmaker based in Cornwall working across a range of sectors including the arts, architecture, interiors, and editorial photography, and I am currently working on several personal projects focussing on human interaction with the landscape.

iankingsnorth.com / @iankingsnorth