Olympic Games, London 2012

I think it’s fair to say the London Olympic games gripped the world. In the lead up to the games the media were concentrating on complaints, money being spent, contractors not fulfilling obligations, traffic problems. However from the opening ceremony to the closing day the world was transfixed to the Olympic Games.


I will admit I was not exactly fussed with the games until it all started. Early on in the games I found archery, a sport I had previously no interest in, enthralling. I think this happened with a lot of people, finding a sport they barely knew the rules for, absolutely unmissable. Productivity must have taken a massive down turn as the BBC were providing great live footage for your Olympic fix at work.


It was a massive soap opera unfolding, twists and turns, drama and dilemmas. It was great to see the people get behind their nations. There was something special about these athletes. We are used to over payed mega stars not giving their all unless everything went their way.

ImageThese teams were ordinary people with passion, pride and talent. The Olympians are the best we can do and when that athlete produces the best they can do on the day its incredible to watch. Imagine working ridiculously hard through horrendous conditions with poor funding for a race that lasts 1 minute, or 3 jumps?

ImageWe tried and failed to get any reasonably priced tickets so we decided to make the trip up to London on the last day to watch the marathon. Not the best of spectator sports but at least we were there and the atmosphere around London was alive.

ImageI wanted to take some nice pictures to try and capture some of the spirit of the Olympics but realised I was never going to get close enough to the action. I decided to cheat a bit. I had seen a technique of taking bokeh layered photos by taking a photo of light on a computer first then double exposing them with your image. Slightly unimaginative but I have seen some nice results.


I decided to replicate this process but taking photos of the athletes instead and layering them over London landmarks. I scoured the internet and downloaded the best images on to a wide screen tv. I then sat there and took the photos of the images (getting strange looks from my wife) on my Olympus OM1. I used Kodak Elitechrome. I then rewound the film, loaded in an Olympus Trip and headed to London with @LucyWelland and met up with @Dypka and @Misslucybridger and strolled the sites.


Even though the technique is cheating as I’m ripping off someone else’s images I was happy with the results.


National Trust Oast House

I have recently come back from a lovely weekend staying in an Oast House in Worcestershire.

It was a really lovely weekend and probably the first of the actually warm weekends we have had in Britain so far this year.

I was really looking forward to seeing my neices and playing out side in the wild! It was great fun.

I thought I would share some of the shots with you. I used my Olympus OM1 loaded with Kodak Ektachrome film and cross processed it.

This was the farmers house which was nearby.This was the nearby farmers house.

My Neice on the viewers right and her friend.

Three generations! My mum and my sister and my two neices.

My neices.Harriet is a real girly girl whilst Ruby (with the stick) is a big Tomboy and helped me climb trees.

The girls scared the hell out of the cows.

It was such a nice weekend and very cheap. You can hire most of the National Trust properties. Details of this house are here

Im not sure where the reddish tint came from in these photos. Thats the beauty of using slide film I guess! You can see the rest of the photos from the weekend here

Sorry this is such a short rushed post. I kept meaning to write it all up and got very busy!

Alton Towers

A look at why theme parks are fantastic places to capture emotion versus human mechanical achievement.

On a recent trip to Alton Towers I took my LCA+ with a splitzer in the hope of capturing some of the scream curdling, stomach churning excitement on film.

I must confess I am a massive scaredy cat when it comes to rides. I have a real weak stomach so rides aren’t my thing but I had a great day.

I think lomography is best placed not for detail but for emotion. Where is there a stronger physical proof of emotion than whilst you’re hurtling round a metal track at God knows what speed?

Photo by welland

I tried out a new film whilst I was there; a smooth Fuji Velvia 100 and had it cross processed. I loved the beautiful colour it gave. The whole album came back in a lovely deep purple and added something different to the shots. I also tried out the splitzer, which is a little addition I hadn’t really attempted since receiving it as a gift. The idea was to have a cloud roller coaster. It didn’t really work namely as 100 speed was too slow for the relatively overcast day.

Hopefully you can kind of see what I was going for.

I was kind of dreading going to Alton Towers as I was nervous about feeling sick all day but I had more than enough to amuse me with my camera! The great structures just photograph so well.

Photo by susielomovitz

I think they work best with a splitzer but you can always take such awesome energetic shots with rollercoasters.

Have a flick through these shots and tell me they if do look lomorific?

I just love the clean lines, the silhouettes, and the sense of structure. If you are lucky enough to go on a trip to a fun fair, remember there is more fun to be had than just the rides!