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Reunited: Seven Sisters

Dawn Chapman and I first met in March 2015 when I’d moved to Auckland, New Zealand and was looking to befriend some fellow photographers. We quickly became friends and spent many days with our film cameras exploring parks in the rain, experimenting in the studio, and, thanks to Dawn’s strong desire for adventure & hiking, we spent three days trekking around Mt Taranaki, raced down giant sand dunes swam in wild seas, dived into natural pools at the top of waterfalls… the list goes on.

So, you can imagine how excited I was to hear that Dawn was moving to London this year. With the weather starting to improve, it was clearly time I showed Dawn a corner of my country, and she came to stay with me in Brighton where we took a trip out to the majestic Seven Sisters cliffs on the south coast of England.

We walked from Seaford Head, where some quaint coastguard cottages sit on the cliff edge overlooking the bay, to Beachy Head with it’s postcard picture lighthouse, ending with a confusing amble though some sheep fields to get the bus back to Brighton. I can’t wait for more adventures with this one!

All photos shot with a Yashica T4 on Agfa Vista 400.

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Studio Revival: Frances on Film

It’s certainly been a while since I’ve had anyone in front of my camera, and it’s been even longer since I worked in a studio setting. Before I left England almost 4 years ago, I had a modest studio set up in my tiny flat where I started experimenting with lighting, but then I up and moved to the southern hemisphere and it’s all been in storage since.

I’ve had a strange time settling and unsettling in Brighton since I got back from Australia in April last year and haven’t had much head space to organise any shoots, but turns out sometimes all you need is another like-minded soul to give you that spark of inspiration to create.

My good friend, stylist and illustrator Rebecca de Havas has a lovely flat filled with natural light that I thought would be perfect to set up my old studio and run a test shoot, so I dug everything out of storage and we created a little set filled with gorgeous props, such as Rebecca’s Grandmother’s easel and pot of paintbrushes, some antique tables and various house plants.

We had a range of looks from Rebecca’s own collection including pieces from TOAST and Wolf & Gypsy Vintage, as well as jewellery and artwork provided by local homeware stockist The Neutral Store. Rebecca’s younger sister Frances de Havas travelled to Brighton to model for us and did a stunning job following direction and portraying the look we were trying to achieve.

The cherry on top was being able to shoot this on 35mm film, which really enhanced the romantic aesthetic and has solidified my love for the medium with it’s texture and rawness. I’d love to know which shot is your favourite in the comments below!

All photos shot with a Canon AE-1 on Kodak Portra 400.

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Photographer: Ellen Richardson
Stylist/Art Director: Rebecca de Havas
Model: Frances de Havas

Jewellery: Common Muse
Print: James Wilson
Supplier: The Neutral Store

Patterned dress: TOAST
Blue jacket, cream dress: Wolf & Gypsy Vintage
Beret: Le Béret Français

Australian Road Trip

Back in October, Mark & I left Melbourne to embark on a 5-week road trip around Australia in Stanley the Mitsubishi Verada. This was one hell of a journey; we covered massive distances across 5 states, visited some ridiculously beautiful beaches and magical sites, and best of all Stanley didn't break down on us once.

The road took us from Melbourne up through Alice Springs to Kakadu National Park, across the Northern Territory to Broome, down the coast of Western Australia and back across the Nullarbor Plain to Melbourne - 14,000km in 5 weeks and hitting temperatures of 45ºC.

Highlights have to be taking a dip in natural swimming holes and pristine oceans, befriending wild kangaroos on the beach, and sleeping amongst the gum trees under the stars every night. I took waaay too many photos on both 35mm and 120 film which you can find on my Travel Portfolio and Australian Road Trip series respectively, or head over to my Instagram for every photo and video!

Here's a small selection of favourites, I hope you'll enjoy the journey.

Australian Road Trip Photos: 35mm & 120 Film