Written & Photographed by Colleen MacMillan I traveled to Ireland last summer to attend a workshop taught by Christina Blanarovich & Julie Paisley. My grandfather immigrated from Ireland in his youth and I’ve always had a passion for traveling there. Before and after the workshop I was able to spend time in Dublin on my own….
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
Photography & Words: Sophie Epton
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.
Camera | Contax 645
Film | Fuji 400H
Lab | Richard Photo Lab
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!
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!
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!
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.
Camera | Canon EOS 300
Film | Fuji Superior
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.