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Making Portrait Photos in New Jersey on Fuji 400H Pro Film

Country America is an extremely beautiful place. It has a kind of rural beauty that seems to rise from the rolling hills like a storybook fairytale. I travelled to this countryside to photograph some portrait photos in New Jersey for a gorgeous American family.

Jersey, it’s not all Casinos and Shores

Photographing portrait photos in New Jersey isn’t something I thought I would be doing when I first started travelling and making art. Even so, I get to fly to far off lands and meet fascinating new people. Two of those people I had the honour of meeting and working with are T and CD and One of those places is New Jersey. Who would have thought?

Sadly, the only thing I really knew about New Jersey is what popular culture had told me. Things like people from the Garden State saying they’re from New York, which New Yorkers apparently don’t like, and, embarrassingly,  Jersey Shore. Not a very flattering picture. However, I can honestly say that New Jersey is one of the most beautiful places I have had the pleasure of visiting. It’s green. It’s picturesque. It’s friendly. It’s like something out of a family friendly television show or a Norman Rockwell painting. It’s here, in New Jersey, that I got to know more about T and CD.

An Artist, a Fly Fisher and some puppies

Meeting this power couple is something of a wonderful experience. T owns one of the most prestigious Fly Fishing businesses in the United States, called The Perfect Cast, and CD is a working Artist specialising in on-location sporting artworks in oil and watercolours. It’s precisely their professions that make T and CD the perfect couple. I was honoured to be able to make some portrait photos in New Jersey with T and CD at their private residence. A gorgeous house, set back in the Jersey forest, down a gorgeous country tree-lined lane and backing on to a nature reserve. Perfect for two people whose life centres around nature.

T and CD have two game dogs and had just gotten a new puppy to add to their family. He was quite the curious George and was extremely interested in CDs studio and his paints. The love and affection that shines through in T and CDs portraits is immediately evident. Not just the love for each other, but the love for their dogs. They’re not just family members, they are also business partners so it made perfect sense that they would be included.

Making art

Because of CDs artistic tendencies, he even designed Ts necklace and had it made from the spine of a Salmon that T had actually angled herself on one of their many fly fishing expeditions. The two regularly take trips to places like Iceland and have many intriguing stories of their exploits to tell. A lot of their expeditions can be seen in CDs paintings, too, which are widely sought after around the world.

I used Fuji 400H pro 35mm film and a Canon EOS 1v to make T and CDs portrait photos, but I would love to see CD paint one of these portraits and give it his uniquely beautiful style. I think that would be a very interesting concept. I love seeing the same subject in different mediums.

STORY UPDATE

I have learned that just a week ago, T and CD lost Chess, the dog posing so regally in the long grass below. Chess was so suddenly taken from them by way of a Rattlesnake bite while on a Quail Hunting Expedition in Georgia. Chess was an extremely friendly, intelligent and intuitive sporting dog and family member and he is sorely missed. RIP Chess. I know you’re up there in Doggy Heaven with as many treats as you can imagine. 

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If you would like to know more about having your portrait photos made with me, feel free to contact me on my email hello(at)cjeklund.com or through the CONTACT section of this website.

Film developed and scanned by Carmencita Film Lab

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  • Amy - I am so so sorry to hear about the loss of your precious dog. I know that pain. My heart is with you. Sending love from Texas❤️ReplyCancel

  • Gemma Legg - Beautiful pictures. So sad to hear about Chess. You can tell from these photos how loved he was and what a happy family he had. Run free beautiful boy. I can only imagine how awful it must be to lose a long time companion like Chess having only recently become a canine mama – sending lots of best wishes for happy memories to ease the sadness.ReplyCancel

Travel Photography in Zanzibar – Using Film in Stone Town

Zanzibar is a Travel Photography dream. Sometimes known as the Spice Island, it is actually part of the Tanzanian archipelago together with Pemba, with the picturesque Stone Town at its heart.

 Short History

A photographic gem, Zanzibar consists of 2,461 square kilometres and has been in existence from as early as the late stone age, but it wasn’t until 1963 that Zanzibar really came into its own. Once a haven for Persian, Arab and Indian Traders, Zanzibar became known as the Spice Island due to its abundance and ease to get to. Stone Town is still a key trade spot today and a wonderful place for travel photography enthusiasts to cut their teeth.

Language and Culture

With a population of around 1.3m people, Zanzibar boasts three official languages: Kiswahili, English and Arabic. It is notably famous for its heavily arabic influenced architecture and those beautiful Zanzibar Doors most people flock to Stone Town to see. There’s nothing like walking around the tiny streets and spotting the gorgeous, ornately carved, gigantic doors that sit proudly on people’s doorsteps.

With a population that is 98% Muslim, Zanzibar, and especially Stone Town is a welcoming and friendly place, which makes travel photography popular. It is also quite hot most of the time, so wearing modest clothing (covering shoulders, nothing too revealing) is appreciated and will also stave off any nasty sunburns. Add that to the tiny fact that a camera strap can cause major heat rash and it’s worth covering those shoulders!

Things to do and see

One of the best ways to see Stone Town is to hire a guide and do a walking tour, coupled with a trip to one of the stunning beach areas like Paje. You can see The Mercury Room in Stone Town, named after Queen’s Freddy Mercury who was born in Zanzibar and take a tour of the old fort and stop for some chai on your way.

One of the best shops to visit in Stone Town is the Zanzibar Gallery. Housed in the same building Queen’s frontman once lived, Zanzibar Gallery is a curios dream. You’ll find everything from antiques, to books to artworks and be greeted with a big friendly smile in the process.

Once you’ve had your fill of Stone Town, head out to one of the beaches. The travel photography below depicts some scenes fro Paje. If you’re in to Kite Surfing then Paje is the place to be and you can even go reef surfing in the early morning which is a zen experience if there ever was one. The days are hot and the nights are warm. The wind is perfect for kiting and the beach is wonderful for strolling.

Overall, Zanzibar is the pearl of East Africa and definitely worth a visit, especially if you like photography. Below, I have used my Canon EOS 1v and some Kodak Portra 400 35mm film.

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If you would like to know more about shooting some Travel Photography in Zanzibar, feel free to contact me on my email hello(at)cjeklund.com or through the CONTACT section of this website.

Film developed and scanned by Carmencita Film Lab

 

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