Today, I am delighted to welcome author JO LAMBERT who talks about one of her favourite hobbies – photography.
ME AND MY CAMERA
I think most people love photographs, whether they are taking them themselves or admiring those taken by others – and there are some remarkable amateur photographers out there. Sometime ago I joined the Facebook Group Plants and Nature, and began posting photos on their page. The group run a monthly photographic contest with a set theme. The photograph has to be relevant to that theme and the winner gets to not only choose next month’s subject but to judge it as well. I have to say some of the competition entries have been amazing!
I always have a camera of one sort or another on me every time I go out. Usually it’s my mobile, a technology that has come on leaps and bounds since the very first phone came equipped with a camera. Then there’s my digital camera. Neat and compact, it’s a far cry from the Box Brownie my grandmother used to take photographs with back in the 1950s. Its arrival completely revolutionised life behind the lens as it did away with the need to purchase films or pay for developing them. Now it’s a case of simply taking your pictures, keeping the best and deleting the rest. Personally, I find it a far more relaxed way of taking photos and it’s made me even more enthusiastic about photography.
As far as subject matter goes, I’m quite flexible. Of course holidays are a favourite; capturing the essence of the places you’ve been and the sights you’ve seen. I’m also drawn to boats and water and with Devon and Cornwall our usual go-to holiday destinations, I’m usually spoilt for choice. But there are moments when it’s all about the moment; when I see something and think ‘I have to take a shot of this.’ The first photo in my selection below – the bee and the allium – is an example.
Being lucky enough to live within five minutes’ walk of open countryside is a real bonus. During the lockdown I’ve taken up walking and try to get out at least five days a week. May and early June with their warm weather and blue skies provided some great moments for memorable photographs to mark these very strange times we’re living in.
Trying to choose a selection of photos to accompany this post has been a struggle to say the least. There were so many shots I wanted to include but in the end these were my final choices…
1. Bee and Allium, Kingsbridge, Devon
2. A,B & C. Boats at Malcesine, Lake Garda, Dartmouth and Fowey
3. Bath Christmas Market, Carousel
4. St Stephanos Corfu
5. Longleat Festival of Light
6. Otters in Devon
7. A and B. And finally, I couldn’t finish this piece without including a couple of my ‘lockdown walkabout’ photos in the peaceful countryside around our home.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my ‘gallery’. For me, photography has become quite an addictive pastime. And it doesn’t matter I’m not a patch on any of the great and good of the photographic world. Like writing, it’s creative and I love it!
Jo Lambert, July 2020
Jo Lambert lives on the eastern edge of the city of Bath. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. She has been writing since 2008. Her first five books, a set of linked romantic sagas following the lives of several families in rural West Somerset, were followed in 2015 by Summer Moved On, a contemporary romance set in South Devon. A sequel, Watercolours in the Rain, was published 2017. In June 2018 Jo signed to Choc Lit and her debut, A Cornish Affair, set in North Cornwall was published in 2019 under their Ruby Fiction imprint. Her latest novel, Shadows on the Water, will be published at the end of July 2020. It is the first in a three-book series. She is currently busy working on the second which will be published next year. When she isn’t writing she reads and reviews. She also has an active blog. Jo loves travel, red wine and music and long as it has a great melody and lyrics. Oh, and she often takes the odd photograph or two…
Linkedin: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jo-lambert-6 4644530
Thank you, Jo, some great photos there, you have a good eye for capturing the moment. My photos never turn out anywhere near as as good. Perhaps it’s time I bought myself a new camera.
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