I’m happy to admit to being a bit of a francophile.  I love France, especially the south simply because it’s so familiar to me.  The place of happy childhood holidays, teenage adventures and heady romances.  So for no reason other than I feel like it, I’ve decided to share a few of my archived photographs of this beautiful part of the world with you…

travel photography france

travel photography france

travel photography france

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I fear I am slowly becoming a camera collector!!  I LOVE them.  They’re such beautiful objects and the Holga, despite it’s cheap and flimsy exterior, is no exception!

The story of the Holga begins in Hong Kong in 1982.  Photography was a national obsession and the appetite for cameras at home and overseas was insatiable!  From within this world of manic creation and innovation came the Holga, a distinctly un-modern and somewhat prehistoric throwback to the early days of camera mechanics… but, typical of its era, made entirely of plastic.

The concept behind the design is so simple; a basic, inexpensive camera using medium format 120 film.  At a time when medium format photography was a very costly pursuit, the Holga offered an affordable alternative and so enjoyed a popularity explosion.

Classified as a “toy camera“, the Holga is almost fool-proof simply because of the lack of options it gives the user.  There are just two aperture settings and four focusing settings, making it a very unpredictable and exciting camera to use.  I have just finished my first roll of film and can’t wait to see the results!

holga camera

The unassuming Holga is here to save the analogue junky in a digital world.  It will reawaken your vision, fill you with joy, make you see beauty when you thought it had disappeared forever, and bring out sunshine on a cloudy day.” – Lomography

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A brief selection of images from Jo’s brilliant Photo Camp in Southport last week…

Big THANK YOU to all the fabulous models: Kaleigh Jo, Jamie Spencer, Holly Roberts and Casey Allum.  And last but not least thanks to Andrew Schofield who gave us all a lesson in studio equipment and off camera flash. I’ve been thoroughly intimidated by the mysteries of studio lighting for years but Andrew’s simple, relaxed approach to demonstrating how easy it all is was the perfect cure.  The only down side is with all the equipment necessary to practice using off camera flash my amazon wish list has tripled!  : )

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  • 16/02/2011 - 23:34

    Alexandra Andrews - Vicki these images are gorgeous,you have your own distinct style and I love it. I especially like the full length of Kaleigh Jo in the pink dress, there is just something about it I love xReplyCancel

  • 17/02/2011 - 00:31

    Andrea Ellison Photography - WWWHHHOOOAHHHHHHHH…..mrs !…………..best photocamp images ………….ever…………wish I could have said that quietly….so as not to draw attention to your wonderfulness …but… you rocked it baby……lovely lovely work xxxReplyCancel

    • 17/02/2011 - 08:19

      Victoria - Thank you girls! xxxReplyCancel

  • 17/02/2011 - 08:48

    Lisa Dearnley-Davison - Fab images! I Agree with Alex – love the full length of Kayleigh Jo in the pink dress… keep them coming!ReplyCancel

I’m so pleased to be featured in the ‘New Talent’ section of the February 2011 edition of ‘the Photographer’ magazine!  I’ve had such great support from the BIPP so far in this photographic adventure and would recommend any keen photographer considering turning pro.

Special thanks must go to my dear pal and number one guinea pig – Chloeanne – her’s was the first wedding I ever photographed and her gorgeous baby will be the first new born I torture with my camera in just two months time!  : )  She has been very tolerant of me bombarding cyberspace with images of her beautiful face over the last 18 months and to cut a long story short… she is a star!

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the Photographer New Talent

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  • 10/02/2011 - 12:04

    SarahGarrod - Congratulations hun, your ability as a photographer astounds me at times and you fully deserve all the success you’re achieving. Chloe is a stunning model too – she should go pro!

    In the words of my nan (who for those who don’t know, Vicki photographed for her 60th wedding anniversary last summer) : “Sarah’s pretty friend from Parkgate took the most natural photos, I didn’t even know she was there!” (Vic, just so you know I’ve tried numerous times to talk her through writing a testimonial on your website but without much luck!! She is 84 bless her!) xxReplyCancel

    • 10/02/2011 - 12:12

      Victoria - Awww I love your Nan! Your grandparents are such an inspiration… so happy and still utterly loved up after 60 years.

      Thank you for your kind words honey, means a lot xReplyCancel