Exploring Italy on film by Zwart Fotographie

Exploring Italy on Film

Written & Photographed by Raisa Zwart
 
I booked a Destination Wedding in Italy and me and my boyfriend decided to add a few days before and after the wedding to travel through Italy. We started in Venice, drove to Verona and then to Tuscany, where the wedding was, after the wedding we visited Florence for a few days. 
 
Italy is amazing. It has so much culture, beautiful landscapes, nice people (especially in the countryside) and great food. In Verona, be sure to book a B&B, it’s so personal and nice. In Tuscany I really liked the agriturismo b&bs / hotels. They offer authentic rooms with nice gardens, great views and personal service. I can recommend Taverna di Bibbiano: http://www.agriturismotavernadibibbiano.com

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Camera | Nikon F90x
Lab | Carmencita Film Lab

About Raisa
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.

Website: www.zwartfotografie.nl
Facebook: www.facebook.com/zwartfotografie
Instagram: @raisazwart

Pinterest: @zwartfotografie

A French Market

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.


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Film | Portra 400 & Ektar 100
Camera | 35mm Pentax (MZ-X) and Pentax 645n
Lab | the FIND lab.
 
About Léa
My name is Léa.  I am French, and my British husband and our three kids moved to Massachusetts three years ago.  I love to travel and see new places.  I have really enjoyed seeing the US through my french eyes and going back to Europe every summer has been exhilarating.  I love re-visiting places I have known for years and my camera has taught me to see beauty in the most simple things: whether it’s an old house in the North of New-Hampshire, little boats on the Welsh coast or fruit in the market in the South of France.
 

Website: www.leajones.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/theredmop
Instagram: @theredmop

UK Blog Awards 2016

UK Blog Awards 2016

UK Blog Awards 2016


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.

Keep exploring!

And as long as you do, we will keep sharing your incredible work.

Thank you everyone!


UK Blog Awards 2016 Photography Winner

Africa | Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa

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.

We arrived at a camping ground, helped each other building up tents, the next morning the same procedure.
The sites were always simple but beautiful. In the middle of nowhere, always with a cool pool nearby and lots of wine at night after a beautifully cooked dinner by our own cook!
 
Best things on the menu is definitely meat if you’re a meat lover – the variety is huge and when it’s freshly grilled it’ss even better. Also veggies (corn) are super yummy! I wouldn’t say that there’s a typical meal. For me personally it was definitely the BBQs at night! If you like beer, there’s a Namibian brewed one (I can’t remember the name!), and as for wine – try everything. The variety is big! If you can’t cool the wine traveling, just take some red!
I didn’t decide the places I visited, as I followed a route chosen by Marco Polo. I have travelled with them before and really enjoyed the organisation and I trust them. Everything was perfect – our guide, cook and driver were awesome and everything was cared for. If you’re single it’s a good choice to travel this way. Especially if you’re a girl who doesn’t want to travel certain countries by yourself, like myself.

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Film | Fuji Superia 200 & 800, Kodak Portra 160.
Camera | Canon 300
Dev/Scan | meinfilmlab.de

 

 About Aline

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.

 

Website: www.alinelange.de
Facebook: www.facebook.com/alinelangeFOTOGRAFIE
Instagram: www.instagram.com/fotoaline
Pinterest: www..pinterest.com/alinelange/
Shop: www.shop.alinelange.de

Venice On Film

Words & Photography: Cori Beddoes

I lived with my husband and three boys in Cortina d’Ampezzo, a most beautiful town in the north of Italy, for two hockey seasons.  That’s how we measure our years, in hockey seasons, because my husband is a professional coach.  Yes, there is hockey in Italy, although mostly in the north where there are mountains and winter sport.  Venice is a two hour drive south, so we would go often, eat gelato and enjoy a the view from a vaporetto (public ferry boat).  Some people say Venice isn’t great with kids, and I suppose for art museums and fine dining that’s true, but for us it was one of the easiest places to visit because the boys could ride the boats all day and not get bored.  
 

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.


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Camera | Olympus OM-1n
Film | Fuji NHG 800, Fuji Superior 400, Kodak Gold 200, Kodak Gold 400
Lab | Caribou Film Lab

 
About Cori
I’m not a professional photographer.  I’ve been a professional mother for the past nine years and evolving for the past twenty some years as an amateur photographer from my beginnings as a teenager shooting scenic prairie landscapes on film, to traveling the world in my twenties with various cameras in hand,  to chasing three little boys, taking hundreds of digital photos hoping for a good shot or two.  I photoblogged our couple of years in North Italy at www.coribeddoes.com.  After one winter back in Canada, we’ve returned to a new town in the north of Italy, and I’ve returned almost entirely to shooting film.  My blog is suffering for lack of a scanner on the road, and the fact I tend to shoot rolls and rolls and get behind on developing.  I develop my own black and white and print in the darkroom.   Fortunately I’ve found a darkroom in Innsbruck.  As for colour, I’m working on finding a lab here on the continent.  I’m on Instagram at cbeddoes.
Website: www.coribeddoes.com
Instagram: @cbeddoes

 

Texas Hill Country

Words & Photography: Speaking Through Silence

 

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!


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Camera | Pentax 645N
Film | Kodak Portra 400
Lab | Carmencita Film Lab

About Dieter:
Hi there. I’m Dieter. I live in the green suburbs of Brussels, Belgium, and am married to my awesome wife, Marta. I am passionate about documenting life with my camera and telling a story through a photograph. I love to travel, explore and experience. Few things I love more than discovering new cultures, music, good coffee and happy clients.
 A few years ago I really fell in love with film photography and have increasingly started using it for both personal and professional work. I like to think that the pictures I take are heartfelt and candid; fine-art but with a photo-journalistic touch. I love to find a fresh perspective and how a photograph can speak more than words.

 

A Three Day Jaunt in London

Photography & Words: Sophie Epton

Travel is one of the most beautiful experiences of being alive, and I feel blessed every time I land in a new place.  My husband, Jordan, and I are lucky enough to travel quite a bit through our wedding photography business and we always try to extend our trips for a few days beyond work so we can explore the region and everything it has to offer.
 
On a European trip in May of 2015, we had a shoot in Paris, but decided to stay in London for three days as well.  Neither Jordan nor I had ever traveled to England, so it was such an incredible time getting to experience the city for the first time together.  We both went in without any expectations of what we would find in London, and were completely blown away by the culture, architecture and friendliness of everyone there.
 
Although it’s fun to be in the epicenter of any metropolis, we actually prefer to find the quieter, more local flavor of cities that we travel to.  In London, we had the most amazing time exploring the Chelsea/ Kensington Boroughs.  Walking around the old cobblestone streets with brick buildings covered in vines and dotted with the most quaint little shops, I felt transported to another time.  Around every corner I went, I would literally get goosebumps at the sight of all the whimsical details and beauty of the architecture, food displays, doorways, gardens, even the little antique cars that would go buzzing by.  To feel so foreign and yet so at home, there was such a sweet spot for London created in my heart that I still can’t put into words.
 
And for anyone telling you that the food in London isn’t good, they haven’t been there for a long time! We had the MOST unbelievable fare and drinks right in the Chelsea area..whether it was shrimp burgers and dulce de leche bread pudding at Bumpkin, jewel-toned salad confectionaries at The Five Fields or a mouth-watering four course meal at Medlar right on King’s road; good thing I was walking around the whole time or I may have not fit into my pants anymore!
 

I absolutely loved traveling through the quaint and peaceful streets in the Chelsea/ Kensington area, especially capturing so many moments with my film camera.  All the little details were so much fun to shoot, and now provide a small but exquisite reminder of our time there that we can always remember.


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Camera | Contax 645
Film | Fuji 400H
Lab | Richard Photo Lab

 About Sophie
Sophie is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer based in Austin, TX. Together with her husband, Jordan (they are a husband and wife team and absolutely love working side by side!) they travel the world to photograph life’s most meaningful moments.  Sophie is a wanderlust addict, always looking forward to a new place to travel. Constantly chasing the best light, new cities and the perfect dessert!
 
Instagram: @thesophiepton
 

West Coast USA | Ilford Camera Project

In case you don’t know, we have started a Feather & Film Project where we share our love of both film and travel with you all!

In this year long project we have teamed up with Ilford who have been kind enough to share their awesome Disposable film cameras with us (and you!) and the incredible Carmencita Film Lab who will be developing and scanning all the lovely rolls of film.

This project is for anyone! From the ‘never shot film before’ people, all the way to the ‘love it, swear by it and wouldn’t ever return to digital photography’ people! It’s so easy to forget how fun it is to shoot a disposable camera. They come out with interesting, unexpected and amazing results!

Our first camera travelled to the West Coast USA for a road trip with two non film shooters Joe & Lily, check it out, there’s some really great shots here. Our favourite being the city view shot, let us know what you think and if you’d also like to take part!


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Joe & Lily. Their trip & their thoughts on shooting with film!

We started our trip staying at the Venice Beach Hostel on Washington Boulevard, next to Abbott Kinney Blvd – a hip street of independent cafes, clothes shops, flea markets (the list goes on!) We explored the Venice Canals, Venice Beach, Santa Monica. There is so much to take in – the street art, buskers, eccentric locals, skate boarders and street performers.

We rented a car, and our drive out of LA leads out through an expansive hill range which suddenly flattens out. Up on Highway 99 we drove up through Fresno and across towards Yosemite. Here we stayed at Yosemite Bug – a great hostel and we highly recommend this place if you’re visiting Yosemite! It is about a 40 minute drive from the park, but has a great atmosphere and amazing food! BYOB if you pay $5!

It is much drier at this time of year and there was no water at Yosemite Falls. We did a great two day hike here.

We drove on to San Fran on Highway 120. A journey full of amazing agriculture, orange groves, grape vines and roadside fruit stalls. Here we stayed at the Amsterdam Hotel (a cheap hostel with a great location!) This city is a pretty interesting place to drive around due to hills and the one way system – but expensive for overnight parking in the centre! This is an amazingly diverse city and very manageable. We ate at Sparrow Bar on Height Street which has amazing food and beer cocktails! Brunch is apparently a big deal over there!

Alcatraz is well worth a visit, but we foolishly didn’t book prior and it does sell out weeks in advance! Turn up early in the morning (6 – 7am), as they hold some tickets back for the first tour of the day for people who make the queue! Totally worth it.

We experienced so much here, including walking the hilly streets of San Fran, riding on the cable cars, Fisherman’s wharf, Johnny Rockets, Broadway and China Town. Clam chowder bread bowl is everywhere and surprisingly delicious!

We haven’t used a disposable for a number of years, but we really enjoyed shooting on film and getting a good variety to tell a story. The camera worked exceptionally well in good light, which there was plenty of it during the day as they were experiencing a prolonged summer/heat wave. I think exposure is definitely something to consider when it’s darker, (the Jonny rockets shot was salvaged by cool neons but I was hoping the interior would have exposed.)

So, unless you’re shooting something in bright light or close up with flash, then the results may not turn out as expected! 

 

Follow Joe on instagram: @j.newmarch and Lily: @lilyelise12

 

Thanks to Ilford Photo & Carmencita Film Lab for supplying the cameras and film scanning/developing services as well as their support for this project.

 

Paris on Film

Words & Photography: Maxeen Kim Photography

In January last year I took a trip to Paris. I had been before but in preparation for this trip, I researched a few sights I hadn’t managed to see previously. I also contacted the lovely Nadia Meli, who had shot a wedding in the French capital a few months earlier, for her advice on what to do and see. Nadia’s advice was simple:

“Just discover it and do what feels right!!! Don’t think you HAVE to stand on the Eiffel Tower just because everybody does. Walk a lot! The area around Notre Dame is beautiful. Discover it for yourself and try not to think about the influences of movies and books so much.”

This was honestly the best advice I could have ever been given! So today I decided to share it with you.

Once all my hotel and sightseeing plans were in place, I started to get really excited. Until I realised – to my horror – that my recent camera insurance renewal would not be in effect in time for the trip. I could have cried! However, just when I thought I would be camera-less on holiday (which for me would be like walking around naked or missing an arm) a friend suggested that I take a film camera instead. It was one of those ‘Aaaaaaaah!’ moments!

It was a nerve-wracking experience but I’m so glad I did it. Paris was the perfect place to try out my skills on film and, although the shots were a totally different look to what I had usually shoot, I ended up with the most stunningly romantic set of photo’s that remind me of old or vintage post cards.

This first experiment with film was the start of a love affair that has now totally changed my editing and shooting style. It’s what took me from only shooting digital to shooting a mixture of both, and it was part of my initial decision to completely rebrand my business.


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Camera | Canon EOS 300
Film | Fuji Superior

About Maxeen
Maxeen Kim is a destination wedding, travel and lifestyle photographer based between Greece and the UK. She likes nothing better than to explore somewhere new and has a passion for ice cream. When she’s not shooting you can generally find her wondering around an art museum or attempting to get a tan.

Website:www.maxeenkimphotography.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MaxeenKimPhotography
Instagram: @maxeenkim
Twiiter: @MaxeenKim