Written and Photographed by Fiona Caroline Long weekend breaks are the perfect, compact, travel escapes from daily life, especially if you have places like Barcelona just a short flight away. Trying to squeeze in a city this impressive is always going to be a challenge when the clocks ticking, but really, four days in Barcelona…
Written & Photographed by Kathleen Frank
I live in the northeast corner of the US, which is filled with small towns, a lot of history, and some beautiful mountain and coastal landscapes. We have a harsh winter, so when spring and summer roll around, everyone rushes outside to make the most of it. The farms and greenhouses come to life, and you’ll catch most people sneaking out of work early to go hiking or kayaking. I was so thrilled to try to capture the charm of New England with this little disposable camera. It was the perfect companion for some spring adventures.
This camera seriously took me right back to being a kid! We used to shoot these disposables all the time and rush to the grocery store to get them developed. It was so freeing to go back to such a simple type of shooting. Just aim and click! So easy!
I was also surprised with just how well the Ilford disposable did in different lighting conditions. It definitely favored a lot of light and loves full sun for a good contrasty image, but handled other situations really well, too. Some of my favorite images were from bright days with good cloud cover. It gave the images beautiful midtones and a bit more of that old black and white film feel, which I absolutely love! The camera even had some great results with sun flare. Having just a hint of flare gave the images a wonderful bit of sparkle, but I have a feeling that this could easily be overdone and wash out the images.
All in all, shooting and traveling with this camera was such a wonderful experiment, and I’m so excited to pick up a few more of these. Will definitely be adding them to my film shooting arsenal!
I am a fine art film and digital photographer in New England. Along with fine art photography, I also love to photograph my travels and adventures, especially on film. You can usually find me running around the woods in New Hampshire with a bunch of film cameras around my neck or camping with my husband and little Jack Russell pup.
Must visit locations:
- The Martkhaal
This incredible arched building houses private apartments in its walls (and ceiling!) and provides a large atrium for a vibrant indoor market, with stalls selling everything from fresh flowers to exotic spices. And if the selection of produce on offer wasn’t enough to wow you, one glance upwards and you’ll see the digital mural by artist Arno Coenen, which has been described at the “Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam”.
- The Cube Houses
Just across from the Markthaal, you’ll find the the oddly shaped Kubuswoningen (Cube Houses) of Blom. These colourful blocks look like Lego, perched on top of posts like strange trees. Whilst most of the houses are privately owned residential apartments, one is open as a museum for the public, where you can look inside and experience what life might be like living in one of these houses.
- The Maas and Erasmus Bridge
Just as Manhattan has the Brooklyn Bridge, the Erasmus Bridge is iconic of the Rotterdam skyline. Like a giant white harp, it stretches across the banks of the Maas linking the city, with striking high rise buildings on both sides.
A pocket of history, Delfshaven gives you a taste of history, with it’s cobbled streets, canals and windmill. A complete contrast to the modern Rotterdam skyline.
Written & Photographed by Colleen MacMillan
Camera | Nikon F90x
Lab | Carmencita Film Lab
I am a Fine Art Wedding Photographer from Holland that LOVES to travel.
I document all my travels on film, this trip was photographed with the Nikon F90x, with the Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 & the Nikon 50mm 1.8.
Written & Photographed by Léa Jones
These photos were taken at my local market in the town of Yssingeaux. Yssingeaux is in Auvergne, which is right in the center of France. I love the hills, pine trees and stone houses of this area. Of course, being French, one my favorite activities is going to the market. My mom used to take us every week, and we would buy everything from the market: fruit, veggies, cheese, bread and even clothes and shoes. Going to the market is not time efficient, but it is part of the slower pace of life that we enjoy when we spend our summers in France.
I love that I get to meet the local farmers. I noticed this year that there were a lot more young farmers selling organic products like honey and bread. There is always the “Poissonnier” who sells fish, and the ‘Fromager” with a nice selection of delicious (and smelly) cheeses, which I am happy to sample, and then you have local crafts like pottery. This time there were also selling ducks and rabbits and chickens. After 3 hours of strolling, tasting, and buying lovely fresh food, I am delighted to head home with my arms full of peaches, lettuce and courgettes.
If you ever travel to France, always look up the local market, however small the village you are in, chances are there will be a market with the essentials to take you through a week of French living.
Well! We can’t quite believe it. It has been just over a week since the UK Blog Awards Ceremony, at the Park Plaza Hotel, near Westminster in London – (a beautiful hotel!) – so this means it has been just over one week since we were awarded winner for the photography category.
We won guys!
Over 2,000 UK Blogs entered, over 79,000 people voted and then, after making it through all of that, 10 finalists per category were judged by a panel of experts. And we won!!
See, we’re still in shock!
And, we absolutely could not have done it without you. Obviously, since it is your stunning travel pictures we get the honour of sharing here! But also you all gave us so, so much support – every single vote and every message of good luck. It means the world to us. So thank you.
We hope this is also recognition at the increase (and hopefully survival!) of film photography – because we bloody love it! We want many more photographers out their to pick up a film camera and give it a go!
And going forwards, we want to share much more of your film work – and much more often! We want to work with you guys on producing informative posts – about cameras, film stock, travel destinations – to help others improve their photography. And we wanna try out, share and learn about different film formats: medium format, 35mm, alternative film process, instant film, disposable. Let’s do it!
This can be something awesome.
We had no idea, when we started nearly one year ago, how hard it is to run a blog (kudos to all you bloggers out there, we TOTALLY get and repect how much work this is!). In this time, (9 months as I write this) we have grown so much already – we have great followers and incredibly talented photographers who share their work with us, we have an award (we can say we’re an award winning blog!) – and our print magazine, which due to workload was set back – will be produced and available to pre-order shortly (we’re gonna try coincide it with out birthday!)
So thank you for sticking with us, cheering us on and making this blog something incredibly special.
Anyway, enough of the rambling and let us just finish with another, massive thank you.
Keep shooting film & supporting your labs.
And as long as you do, we will keep sharing your incredible work.
Thank you everyone!
Words & Photography: Aline Lange
From October to November 2015 I spent 4 weeks exploring Namibia, Botswana, Zambia & South Africa. My favourite aspect was simple seeing animals freely in their habitat! I don’t think I ever want to go to a zoo again! Elephants walk from waterhole to waterhole, lions rest in the shade, springboks everywhere. I just loved it! I traveled with a group from Germany (Marco Polo Young Line). Most nights we camped with our own tents.
Film | Fuji Superia 200 & 800, Kodak Portra 160.
Camera | Canon 300
Dev/Scan | meinfilmlab.de
I am in love with life and especially with travelling! Being self employed as a photographer allows me to go anytime anywhere.. well, If my accounts says ‘Yes’ as well! My favourite place is Australia as I have lived here before, I call it my second home. Otherwise just anywhere in the world where I feel good! I love eating good food – I am a sushi addict – and enjoying a good glass of wine.
Words & Photography: Cori Beddoes
Favourite things about Venice? I love the fish market. And wandering around the not so tourist areas. Markets and getting lost are the two things I always advise when asked about travelling to any new place. Both give you an idea of local culture and there’s always secret unexpected adventures off the beaten track. Restaurants, of course, are one of the best things to stumble upon and I always find the best meals at small joints tucked away in the corners of cities, away from the crowds. In Venice, always drink at least one Spritz. The typical Spritz is made with Prosecco, Aperol, sparkling water and a flavourful orange slice for garnish. But go away from the norm, and try it with Campari or Cynar rather than Aperol, which are less sweet and more bitter. To eat? Fish, obviously. Pasta al nero di sepia, squid ink pasta served with cuttlefish, is a personal fave.
Camera | Olympus OM-1n
Film | Fuji NHG 800, Fuji Superior 400, Kodak Gold 200, Kodak Gold 400
Lab | Caribou Film Lab
During my stay in Austin, Texas, I did a one day road trip in the Texas Hill Country and brought along my beloved Pentax 645N to document the journey. The scenic 360km trip took me from Austin to the picturesque town of Fredericksburg and then South on the route to Kerrville where I went a little off track yet was happy to do so, as it meant coming across a herd of bisons. The weather took a rainy turn so my trip got cut a little short, but I really enjoyed cruising the Hill Country. If you’re ever in the heart of Texas, it’s a day trip not to be missed!
Camera | Pentax 645N
Film | Kodak Portra 400
Lab | Carmencita Film Lab