On a family trip to Germany we visited the Bergen-Belsen memorial park.
It is set on the site of the infamous WW2 concentration camp in the idyllic German countryside and is the final resting place of Anne Frank.
It is an eerie, sombre place, and it was raining when we went.
I wondered around on my own with my Nikon F80 & 50mm 1.8D.
I bought my Diana Mini from this very shop in 2010.
The 35mm pocket rocket that never seemed to get through a roll of film without jamming, I guess its the Lomo way.
Here is a selection of my favourite images from that Spring.
The image of the teapot actually won a Lomography Facebook competition.
All shot on that cheap Fujicolor 200 you used to get free from Jessops.
Italy – 2011
I can’t believe that it has been three years since I went to Italy.
I stayed with an old school friend in Livorno.
We visited Pisa, Florence and Siena. I had an amazing time and made some new friends.
I had a Nikon FM2n with a 28mm 2.8E loaded with Ilford Delta.
I bought my Diana Mini in 2010 from the super hip Lomography shop on Newburgh Street in London’s Soho.
The guy in the shop had helped design and develop the camera so he showed me how to use it.
It takes 36 square framed photos or 72 half frame photos on one roll of film.
These are some photos I took with it one sunny spring day down on Southend beach.
Whilst sorting through some cupboards at home, I came across these lost gems. (I’m top row on the right, grey sweatshirt, by the way)
All were hand printed by me in 1999-2000, when I was studying for my photography diploma.
We were encouraged to do everything by hand, no computers. Though in those days computers were pretty useless, apart from playing Doom or typing essays.
I shot nearly everything with a Nikon FE or Bronica SQA, and only used Ilford film and paper. (The colour one i don’t remember, probably Fuji)
Rio Safari is a small zoo half way between Santa Pola and Elche.
Its a great place to spend an afternoon with your camera.
You can also feed the Giraffes!
The Canon G9 performed admirably, though did show its age at times. Faster ISOs would have been useful in the dark of the reptile house.
Alicante, just a short bus ride from where Helen and I were staying.
Its a great little city, it has everything, marina, beach, shops, markets, cafes, restaurants, tapas bars, art galleries, museums and a castle!
Also its small enough to walk around in one day, plus there’s no tourists, just real Spanish people living their lives.
The Spanish love a medieval festival, and this one was great.
The whole town was split into two, with the Moors (Arabs) on one side and the Christians on the other.
As well as 350 food and craft stalls there were falconry displays, knights on horses, jesters, parades and reenactments all day.
You could also play spot the camera, with tourists from all over the world hoping to furnish their Flickr accounts with some medieval action.
The Canon G9 was in its element here, its 6x zoom working over time. Shooting RAW did slow it down a bit though.
Hello bloggers, I’m back!
I’ve had a few months off with a bad case of the blues, but i’m back now and feeling as good as ever.
I did manage to get a little (well deserved) holiday in this January, and I got plenty of photos.
I borrowed Helen’s Canon G9 for the trip. I’m sure some film fans will have stopped reading already, but this little camera is great for holiday snaps, DSLR quality RAW files, a 6x zoom lens which opens to 2.8 at the wide end and it fits in your pocket!
Don’t worry film fans, I took a couple of film cameras too.
This is Santa Pola, the closest town to my parents’ winter refuge. Its a real Spanish town with nice beach, marina and no tourists!
On the way home from yet another wedding, Helen and i stopped off in York to have a look round and share a £22 afternoon tea.
York has some great shops and cafes, plus the Minster is very impressive.
I left the Nikon in the Mini and loaded the Olympus [mju:]-2 with an AGFA APX100.