SALT OF THE EARTH
David & Jan Penprase, authors of the two highly successful Harbour to Harbour books, have launched their most recent work, Salt of the Earth, in aid of the Fishermen’s Mission. The new book contains photographs and biographies of fishermen and people associated with the fishing industry, all centred on the Cornish fishing port of Newlyn.
Salt of the Earth features many well known local characters such as Don Liddicoat (at bottom of page), Shaun “Wordsy” Edwards (below) and Barry Ede (who appears on the cover, above). Also included are the Penlee Lifeboat crew (top image) along with short biographies of all those featured.
For the summer, David and Jan took up residence, photographically speaking, in two atmospheric fishermen’s lofts generously loaned by Shaun and Anthony Stevenson. The photographs were taken on black and white film and by taking their subjects away from their place of work, the images have been given an edgy, dynamic style.
After one of the hardest winters for many years, catching these seamen called for patience as the good summer meant they were often out. Within the book David and Jan have documented an archive for future generations to peruse and understand the lives of fishermen a little more.
The book is a 160 page heavyweight A4 publication which retails at £20, all of which goes directly to the Fishermen’s Mission as everyone involved in the compilation received no payment. So far over 750 copies have been sold, raising £15,000 for the charity which supports fishermen and their families. The book is available to buy online for £20 + £3.80 P&P.