Travelling with a toy camera

Travel and photography are two of my favourite things in the world. So of course I mix the two at every opportunity. This time, I jetted off to Holland to see my partner, Thomas, where I bought my first ‘toy’ camera, a Diana F+ (in a Dutch pattern of course) and took it out on a road trip…

Unfortunately the film got exposed to the light when it was taken out (not my fault!). Anyway, maybe the burn marks are kind of cool in their own way. My absolute favourite is the horse picture. It is a double-exposure taken in the Hague, Holland. I took a shot of the grounds of Binnenhof (the Courtyard), then turned around and took a picture of a statue of King Willem on a horse – as luck would have it, there was a seagull perched on his head! You can see the clouds in the sky, it looks like smoke, and the horse statue has gone beautifully opaque so you can see the building in the first picture inside it. I love it! This is what film is all about.

All of these picture were taken in the Hague, Scheveningen and Brussels. The last picture was taken inside this awesome multi-themed cafe in Brussels, far from any tourist spot. My local friend, Laura, took me there. It’s a real hidden gem. Each room has a different theme, from music to travel and even an England theme. Each had tables to eat at, a library, and lots of memorabilia related to the theme. I can’t remember the name of the place though – hopefully she’ll read this and leave a comment on the page! (Update: It’s called Cook and Book).

Anyway, here are my Diana pics – enjoy!