Brighton and the Cuckoo Trail

This February I stayed at Becky’s in East Sussex. One day we shot a roll of film with my Pentax K1000.

We walked by the sea in Brighton…

Brighton pier

(Taken with Pentax K1000 on expired Fujifilm Velvia)

…and found a pretty doorway. Most of that hair of mine is gone now, weird!

Vrinda in doorway in Brighton

(Taken with Pentax K1000 on expired Fujifilm Velvia)

Back at home, Becky made us some tea…
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When the wind blew…

Down by the sea last month the weather was blustery, with wind strong enough to blow the spray sideways off the tops of the waves; whipping it into foamy froth reminiscent of bubble bath and sending it skyward until it reached us where we walked along the clifftops.


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Hibernation and Contemplation

Sunset in Santorini, Greece

(Photo taken at: 1/4000, f/3.2, ISO 500)

What’s that you say? It’s nearly the end of the year already?!

This past few months has gone by in the blink of an eye. I’ve entirely neglected anything to do with my online life, focussing instead on what’s happening around me, and what a busy time it’s been.

Since July I:

  • learned to drive
  • bought a car
  • found a brand new job that I love and leaves me happy at the end of every day
  • went on holiday with my best friend; we spent a little over a week in beautiful Santorini, Greece
  • lost 2 and a half stone
  • decided that I’m definitely moving and began my plan to do so

I’ve been restless lately, unable to focus on anything on my to-do lists. Finally I’ve woken up to the realisation that this is because my life and career plans no longer fit the brighter new me, and need to be revamped to be bigger and better than I was able to dream them before. I’m going to spend the winter hibernating and growing new plans, ready to bring them to life in the spring.

Photography is still my great love in life and the basis for all my future plans, and just like all my plans, I feel the need to spice it up a little. All through the winter my photography will mainly be based around film and my Pentax K1000, giving me chance to get a deeper feel for what it is I’m aiming for with every shot. I’m so excited to take photos like this and three rolls into my challenge and I’m already falling head over heels in love with film all over again.

This is just a little “hi”, I’ll be back with actual pictures and things very soon.

Wherever you are, and whatever you’re doing, I hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas season!

Ornaments on Christmas tree

(Photo taken on expired Fujifilm with a Pentax K1000)

A K1000 and an SRT 202 go for a walk in the woods…

Yesterday my new batteries arrived for both of my beautiful old SLRs. One is a Pentax K1000 that was my dad’s, it was the camera that took all of our baby photos, and the other is a wonderful Minolta SRT 202 that I inherited from my granddad. I recently bought an assortment of various expired rolls of film from eBay.

To celebrate my two now-working manual cameras, I went for a walk to the woods to test them out.

I loaded my Pentax with old Fujifilm, which developed with beautiful colours and amazing emerald undertones. While my Minolta had an expired roll of Kodak film, with developed with warmer, softer colours. I can’t wait to play with more types of film so I can see the effects each produces.

Look at these colours!

Purple flowers on garden path, expired Fujifilm, taken with Pentax K1000

(Expired Fujifilm, taken with a Pentax K1000

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