The Fields of Calais: An Analogue Travelogue by Neja


When visiting the lovely country of France, Calais might not be one of the prioritized places for the casual tourist. Calais is an industrial seaport and city located in northern France, part of the Opal Coast with scenic cliffs and dunes. However, there's another secret to be found in this town. Our dear friend and Lomographer Julija Svetlova a.k.a. @neja went on a French road trip just last summer and visited Calais' countryside. In her trip, she caught some picturesque shots that highly reminds of us of Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh's paintings. Read her own travelogue here:

Credits: neja

Calais is not a place that comes to mind when one is planning a holiday but as we live in London, the Dover to Calais Channel crossing is the only way for us to travel to mainland Europe and back, by car.

Most people do not really see Calais itself, the usual experience is shaped by a visit to a gargantuan shopping mall on its outskirts (3 bottles of wine for £5, and 12 packs of canned beer are among the favourite deals for many), and a nightmarish pit-stop at Eurotunnel's infamous Terminal.

Credits: neja

In July 2018 we decided to embark on a road trip to Arles for the Les Rencontres d"Arles photo festival. The eight-day journey took us to five different locations, Troyes, Chassignoles, Arles, Beaune, and Reims. When we left Reims for a final push towards home, we knew that something had to be done to experience our last lunch on French soil. We simply could not face the prospects of chewing on Eurotunnel Calais terminal's "cuisine". Luckily, my trustworthy app, Raisin, was at hand. Raisin is an app that shows you the locations of many restaurants and bars that serve low intervention wines, meaning the wine that has not been treated with chemicals and has no or very little added sulfur. In our humble experience, places that sell good wines usually provide good food, too.

So I opened the app and looked for someplace very close to Calais, and to my surprise, I did find one, La Cour de Remi! Well, it was not entirely near Calais, but because it was located in a rural location, we later had a chance to explore the agricultural countryside all the way to Calais, the type of roads and places you normally don't see from the highway.

Credits: neja

The cornfields and haystacks of Calais were just fantastic, so photogenic! I quickly loaded a roll of Kodak slide into my Nikon F55 camera because I thought that those sun-kissed landscapes deserved the best film that I had. We slowly drove through the narrow single-track roads as I was clicking my camera at virtually everything.

We did not visit Calais as such because it was time for us to board the train and head back home, but we were so impressed with its surrounding countryside that we are definitely going to come back and explore more! Viva Calais! Pas de Calais!

The text and images are by Lomography Community member @neja. Build your own LomoHome and share your love for analogue photography with fellow artists!

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  1. mrgamera
    mrgamera ·

    Wonderful pictures and useful advices, thank you! :)

  2. nadiyaamalina
    nadiyaamalina ·

    May I know what film you used? Seeing your photos made me want to buy a ticket to France and go on a roadtrip of my own. This sun-kissed location is just amazing!

  3. neja
    neja ·

    @mrgamera glad you enjoyed it:)

  4. neja
    neja ·

    @andismart we were impressed! beautiful scenery

  5. neja
    neja ·

    @nadiyaamalina I think it was Kodak e100 VS. I bought a bunch of Kodak slides on EBay a few years ago, and slowly going through them

  6. neja
    neja ·

    Thank you very much for publishing my article!:))

  7. crosschannel
    crosschannel ·

    Nice report and photos, thank you for sharing it with us here ! We also go quite often that way, although via Dunkirk. Once I took a wrong turn because of a building site on the road and after a few miles through lovely countyside we ended up in front of a nuclear power station :) Think, the car went faster afterwards !

  8. nadiyaamalina
    nadiyaamalina ·

    @neja noted! thank. you so much for sharing your pics. They are amazing!

  9. neja
    neja ·

    @crosschannel :)))

  10. neja
    neja ·

    @nadiyaamalina thank you very much!

  11. ishifishy
    ishifishy ·

    Woahh !! Such amazing photos @neja , so wonderful !!

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