I visited Blackpool after an absence of thirteen years but this time went armed with a Vivi and a roll of E-6. Not only that but this was to be my first experience with lo-fi photography after spending the last few years in a digital only world. It was certainly an eye opener!
Blackpool is a British seaside town I visited in my childhood and teens for the sea, rides, and attractions. You could say it’s a typical British seaside town and one that is very popular amongst the inhabitants of our little Isle.
Recently and after a thirteen year absence I decided to go back, taking my girlfriend who had never been before. I also saw it as a brilliant opportunity to lose my Lomo virginity and break out the Vivi and some E-6.
As it turned out Blackpool, for better or worse, has not really changed in the last thirteen years. There’s still the same mix of seafront arcades, rock stall and gift shops with old trams running up and down the promenade past the piers and famous Tower.
Not only did this provide ample photo opportunities (and I was very lucky with the weather) but as it turns out a bit of cross-processing really added that vintage seaside look to the resulting photos.
Given that this was my first experience with the Vivi and cross-processing I was very impressed with the photos but credit has to go to the location as Blackpool really seems to compliment the look and feel of our analogue medium.
So there you go. If you’re in the UK and want to try for some vintage seaside effects then check out Blackpool on the northwest English coast. Just make sure you have some E-6 with you and the British weather on your side.