This weekend I had the pleasure of joining some of my favourite local (and some not-so-local!) bloggers and social media addicts on a photo walk around Cambridge.
This was hosted by local creatives Claire of Claireabellemakes and Jo of Hello Sunshine, amongst other collaborators such as Kate from Daphne Rosa. Armed with a beautifully illustrated map of Cambridge created by Jo, we marched off on a chilly, but sunny #CambridgeCreativesPhotoWalk.
What is a photo walk I hear you cry? It’s where a group of people get together, armed with cameras or camera phones and walk around taking photos of interest as they go. You could do this alone ( I do myself, it’s great fun and a brilliant way to enjoy exploring somewhere new) or as part of a group to keep each other company and inspire one another as you go. Photowalking is becoming a popular activity and this weekend proved just how popular they can be.
It’s very easy to take your home city/village/town/country for granted, passing places of beauty and interest as you rush around getting on with the everyday mundane tasks, but if you slow down, take some time and stop to take it in, it’s simply amazing at what you spot for the very first time.
We had not only Cambridge residents, but people travelled from as far as Nottingham, Sheffield, even Denmark (impressive distance!) joining between 70-80 creatives for a day of walking, geeking and swapping picnic food and creative goodies such as pins, crafts, etc. It was a superb day and our hosts should be super proud of what they put on for everyone, it was so much fun and such a friendly crowd to get to know as we walked down well known and lesser known streets and lanes, showing off how special our home town really is.
The weather wasn’t looking too promising, but Cambridge did us proud and the sun shone down, helping us to sweat it out as we rambled along the river and over bridges and through the gothic architecture of the City centre.
My fellow creatives were dressed colourfully and were as equally photogenic as Cambridge itself, sharing a bag full of Cambridge Satchels as we went – loaned by The Cambridge Satchel Company for photographing as we went – I just hope Claire got them all back again or she will have to have paid for these little beauties haha. Everyone got a chance to wear them and photograph them as we wandered, a great little addition to the photo walk, very “Cambridge”.
Everybody took photos on varied pieces of kit, from very professional looking cameras through to smart phones adorned with cute cases and varying lenses for a real unique mix of photography experiences, nobody was made to feel out of place with their choice of weapon.
What amused me was the looks we got as we strolled through Cambridge, with people wishing Claire a very happy birthday (we were all carrying colourful balloons and laughing/chatting away as we went) and we got lots of heads turning as our colourful crowd cruised on by tourists and locals alike – we could have been mistaken for a very civilised hen party, which in my mind is a great idea for one if you are looking for one!
Today I’m sharing my favourite photos from the day, I hope you enjoy.
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