Lomography Analogue Heroes #1: Surf Trip to Ireland

Lomography Analogue Heroes #1: Surf Trip to Ireland
08/12/2014 Byte9 Systems

Editor’s Note:

This is the first in a series of blogs that we’ve been planning for a while.  So long in fact that the photos in this piece are from a trip in November 2013… Over a year ago! We could have lied and said it was November 2014, but who cares, the photos are awesome.

The concept with this project is that we kit someone out with some gear from Lomography and they shoot off some photo from a trip or event and then we share the results with the world via our blog.  Quite simple, really.  So not sure why it’s taken us quite this long to get going, but now we’re rolling there will be no stopping us.

Analogue Hero: Ben Jones 

Subject: Surf Trip to Ireland

Equipment: Lomography Fisheye 2, 35mm film

For our inaugural Analogue Hero we chose a buddy of ours who lives down in Cornwall, Ben Jones. He is the marketing guru for Toyfactory Surfboards, a keen photographer, and all round local legend.  Here’s a link to a video of the whole trip.

We caught up with BJ on the phone to talk through the photos we selected for this feature.

B&B:    Can you give us some background on the trip – When, where, who?

BJ:       This trip took place in November 2013, we went to Bundoran on the west coast of Ireland with Luke Hart and Adam Griffiths from Fourth Surfboards (one of the Toyfactory brands) to drop off some boards to an Irish stockist and meet up with some of our team riders. .

B&B:    Sounds tough, how long were you there for?

BJ:       We were there for 5 days but we stayed a couple of extra days as the surf picked up

B&B:    We lent you a Fisheye with a Submarine Waterhousing, there’s a distinct lack of any water shots?

BJ:       Basically the surf was too good and it was too cold not to be paddling around in the water.

B&B:    Lucky that your dry land shots have made up for it!  What are your thoughts using an analogue camera?

BJ:       Super fun to play with, but harder than I thought it would be having no light meter.  It’s proper photography; if there’s not much natural light then you’ve got to think about exposures. Not really knowing how anything is going to turn out makes it way more fun to play with than a digital camera.

Now for the photos:

Here are a few from the factory, where the magic happens.  This was Luke (head shaper) preparing the boards for the trip – it came out a bit dark.

Shaping bay 2

This is a selection of boards, some big guns in there and some blanks waiting to be shaped.

Shaping bay 1

Another shot from the shaping bay, think I was standing on something when I took this, thought it would look good.  It feels like the room is spinning… it was quite a long exposure, but I think the effect is cool.

shaping bay 3

Not really sure what’s going on here, but I like the way it came out with the sun and silhouette. One of these guys is Cain Kilcullen, a Toyfactory team rider.  We stayed at his house for the trip and he showed us loads of cool spots to surf.  His mum owns these Victorian natural seaweed baths (Kilcullen’s Seaweed Baths) that we went to one day (Editor: no photos?) and you sit in an old box with a bunch of seaweed and have hot water poured on you.  Amazing.

Silhouette On The Road


This is at a wave called Easky Right, it was an awesome sunset.  This is actually the view from Cain’s garden. Love the bright sunset and the contrasting blackness…

Easky's Right

These are a couple of selfie shots of my dashing Movember tache – forgot to do it this year.  My girlfriend Corrine Evans had a bit of a thing for the tache, which is a bit worrying really….

Tache 2

This is a double exposure shot that I think came out well. No idea where it was. But it’s really easy to double up these shots on the camera and come out with something that looks completely unique.


This is the Bearman (Adam Griffiths Worldclass top 10 longboarder ).  I guess I was lying on the floor?  I like the light blues going into the dark blues.


This is a secret spot, so I can’t tell you the name.  Think that’s Mitch Corbett (another team rider). We got there in the dark and this was first light. It’s hard to capture how cold it was.  We were putting on  frozen wetsuits every morning.


This standing on the reef at another secret spot  The rock just sticks out of nowhere on the reef, as the tide comes in the wave gets close and closer to it.


Same spot, but with the wave breaking. It breaks really close to the shore, so you need to make the drop or you’re landing on the reef.  This gives some idea of how good the waves were.  We got waves everyday we were there, probably the best trip I’ve ever been on for waves.


Here’s a collection of our boards that we’ve pulled out the back of a van – long boards, burger monsters, the whole lot. A quiver to be proud of.


That big one below is Tom Lowe’s 10’6″ board, he surf Mullaghmore (a well known big wave spot) with it.


Bearman and Harty getting ready for a surf.  This was our second surf of the trip and Harty had challenged Bearman to a competition (and lost).


No idea who this is, but the puppy is a week old, he’d just got it.


Rainbow shot with a pot of Irish gold.


A minute exposure on the motorway that created a crazy light trail.




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