Italy On Film

Monopoli, Puglia.

So let’s talk about last week shall we? It was a definite insert-heart-eye emoji-here kind of getaway. We went away for a quiet week with Jack’s family in Puglia, Italy, to eat local food, soak up some sun and generally decompress. We stayed in a villa a couple of minutes from Monopoli (yes, Monopoli Monopoly does exist,) a beautiful town in the “heel” of the country. The weather was incredible; one of the beach days it reached thirty-five degrees and I thought I was going to melt. We explored, we drank wine, I ate a lot of cheese (fresh burrata and ricotta, count me in) and generally chilled the fuck out.

I was so excited to shoot in Italy; for one, the scenery was so inspiring, and secondly as I’d finally made the leap and invested in some Portra 400 film. What started as a casual way to take pictures of my friends without them worrying I was about to broadcast them onto Instagram stories has now become one of my favourite creative outlets, and I find nothing more inspiring than a trip away to a new city or town. However, the photos… didn’t turn out how I’d expected. I used my Olympus AF-1, and one of the clear differences between this and my previous AF-10 (thanks for letting me commandeer it, Ollie) is that the focus is a lot less sharp. Getting the subject in the right place is a pain in the bum. Additionally, the viewfinder seems to be slightly off, and shoot a lot more of what’s below you than you think. I’ve not been sold on any of the rolls of film shot on this camera so far, so I think it might be time to invest in a slightly more expensive one.

I’ve shared some of the photos that came out okay in this blog post – these are mainly photos of the places we went as nearly every pic of me is out of focus or I look like the Hulk. Not that I’m bitter or anything. But yes, I hope you enjoy this snapshot of Italy, as seen through my eyes!


An olive farm in Puglia.
The dog’s face cracks me up.
Jack took this and it turned out so nice.
And finally, my personal favourite.


  1. August 6, 2019 / 7:22 pm

    These photos actually look so nice! I think it’s the freshness of the lighting. I’m currently using my dad’s old Pentax me film camera on my interrail travels so I’m excited to see how the pictures come out. Could you do a blogpost on the best ways to capture/frame subjects? Maybe on both film and smartphone cameras

  2. Luisa
    August 6, 2019 / 7:51 pm

    Hey Lucy! I was wondering where you get your photos developed as they look amazing!

  3. August 8, 2019 / 12:00 pm

    Oh my! These pictures are B-E-A-UTIFUL!
    Italy is right at the top of my dream travel list – I almost can’t believe I’ve never been, especially given my love of their food.
    P.S. I also love making a doggie friend on holiday 🙂

    Rachel | Teacups & Tartan

  4. August 9, 2019 / 10:29 am

    Oh Lucy, these pictures came up so nice! Too bad about the blurry ones, I know it can be disappointing when you pick up your film and it’s not exactly what you were expecting… but these are beautiful! I love the simple ones with the umbrella, the ocean and the car.


  5. August 10, 2019 / 8:27 pm

    Love how these photos turned out! The light and the simple every day objects really came out dreamy.

  6. Lia
    August 13, 2019 / 12:02 pm

    The last photo is a gem!

  7. August 19, 2019 / 1:52 am

    So glad you got some sun whilst you were there! I’d love to visit Italy – definitely something I need to put on my 2020 bucket list x

  8. August 28, 2019 / 9:04 pm

    Lucy, those photos are beautiful! the vibe, the colours, italy is talking directly to me. thank you for sharing

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