Pt4 The land in Peru held all kinds of surprises, from incredibly delicious passions fruits, to crazy unique landscapes and ingenious methods of agriculture – some ancient, some still running as family businesses… oh and some pretty cool animals!
This little guy is a baby spectacled bear! Never thought I’d see a wild bear with my own eyes, it really was an awesome moment, and not just because we’d reached the top of a mountain!
Pt3 One of the things that amazed me so much about Peru was the diversity in the environment.
In a matter of hours we went from snow capped mountains to sweaty jungle.
Along with the change in temperature the people change, and the way they use the land around them.
When faced with these environments I worry I wouldn’t know where to start, where to let my pigs and Llamas roam!? Where to put up a pylon for my electricity?
The Peruvian people we met on our trip and those who’s lives we hiked past really are so resourceful and hardworking.
Peruvians love their colours and they really know how to use them! Whether it’s for beauty or practicality they’ve got a place for every tone and hue you can think of.
Which is really helpful when you’re a photographer!
Once you start to think about the way colour is used in day to day life, you can’t stop!
I hope this will make you notice how colourful your day really is.
My friends and I were lucky enough to have the opportunity to go to Peru this September and I took several hundred photographs. I did my best to cut these images down and it was tough but i’ve done what I hope is a good edit, and will be sharing in a series of blog posts over the next few weeks.
I really hope you like them, and most importantly I hope they give a sense of the beautiful yet ramshackle, perfectly engineered yet crumbling country that is Peru.
I always take as many camera’s away with me as I can fit in my bags. (Unless of course I forget altogether see my last post for the results of that!)
This post will compare digital images with polaroids taken whilst in Copenhagen in March.
The digital camera I took with me is the Lumix DMC-LX100. I enjoyed the ease of my little compact digital camera light weight and quick, it’s got a great lens for such a tiny camera.
I used it as a point and shoot, the display screen off, I think I do this to make myself feel more like i’m still using a film camera.
There is something precious about relying on your eye in the moment, and not knowing exactly what you’ve got as your final product.
Photography is all about the edit, but it’s nice to spend your time and patience thinking about the photograph your trying to take in that moment, rather than taking 40 of the same shot just because you can.
I also took along my polaroid camera which is my pride and joy, far more bulky and awkward to carry but so worth it. Made all the more beautiful some white framed circle aperture film from Impossible project. Just dreamy! There’s very little control with a polaroid, the model I use does have light and distance settings though i’m not 100% they actually work! It is the simplicity of a polaroid that is what I find so magical and I think is the reason it can produce some really unique images.
I think my preference is clear i’m polaroid all the way… for it’s charm and simplicity.
As you might have guessed from the title, I went to a very beautiful little seaside village in Wales but forgot my cameras, that horrible realisation that I’d left my specially selected cameras on the side at home was something I didn’t stop going on about.
However I had to make do with my truly terrible old camera phone, whilst in my head trying to treat it like a lovely old manual camera (with absolutely no settings) and see the challenge in it.
Here are the results.
As tempting as it was none of these are edited in photoshop to show the true results of what I was working with.
I’d not do this again on purpose but I am pleased with the final results and I will definitely have to go back with a good camera!