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Basking at the Beach: Beautiful English Coast and Some Sun

How four teenagers on a beach can get back to the roots of a traditional, British, analogue summer.

Ever since I started my journey through this crazy world where film is King, I have had a fascination with photographing people. To me, nothing quite compares with a quirky, beautiful or even accidental portrait. A few of my first films came back completely black, and I was distraught, so now I make sure to feed my lovely Diana with all the light it needs (and use 800 ISO film!). A day at the beach, then, was the perfect oppurtunity for me to escape the digital grind.

Ah, the beach, that great sunny mecca of sand and sea and rock pools. Lots and lots of rock pools. I went to this beach in Seaton with three of my friends and while the sun was out it was like we had turned into children again! We climbed on the rocks and foraged for crabs in the shallow sandy rivulets leading down to the ocean.

The best thing about the beach, for me, is the sun. It’s great for my camera, it’s great for my Vitamin D levels, and it makes everything look great.

The rock along this part of the coast is really amazing and the colours pop right out, especially on this colour negative film.

While the others got their hands dirty, I spent my time squealing and covering the lens of my precious camera in an attempt to protect it from the sand, but I really enjoyed capturing the experience in such an authentic way. The best thing was my brand new Splitzer! I experimented with it and found the way that the colours blend really awesome.

Taking a Lomography camera, rather than a digital camera, completely changed my perception of the day. I suddenly appreciated the fantastic colours and the sunlit scenery, and saw how picturesque my friends were as they chased each other around and excitedly revealed fishy (and rather slimy) treasures that they had unearthed.

The beach is better in analogue!

written by raejk14

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