Ynys Llanddwyn in the north of Wales is one of those places no one’s ever heard of. Yet the pictures appear somehow familiar: idyllic, picturesque, seemingly abandoned. A path leads through the shallow sea from the mainland to the tidal island. Soft waves beat against the stony rocks, high grass blows in the cool wind. Two narrow paths follow the coastline towards the southern end. A feeling of serenity arises.
A few cottages, a tower and a lighthouse are located on Ynys Llanddwyn. Remains of an old church bear witness to the history of this place. Legend has it that this island is home to Saint Dwynwen, the Welsh patron of lovers. We know him as Saint Valentine.
In one way or another, this place is special. So special that I took on more than a thousand kilometres to get here. So special that I would do it again. Just for that one picture. Just for that one breath of serenity.
Images: Luca Maximilian Wanner