Back in March I posted a photo journal depicting scenes of Gower smothered in snow. Beautiful, of course, but not exactly inviting. Today, just a…Leave a Comment
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It was March 7th, 2023. We were excited about the arrival of spring. Then it snowed. The Gower peninsula (south Wales) is not used to…1 Comment
The point of this post is to demonstrate that… well, the camera you have with you doesn’t need to be “the best” for you to enjoy the simple pleasures of photography.Leave a Comment
Moving your belongings to another country can be a daunting task. However, with proper planning and preparation, it is possible to make the transition as…Leave a Comment
From a life of travel to complete lockdown, Ben Holbrook’s fling with Fuji helped him keep his creative flame alight and find magic in the mundanity of everyday life.Leave a Comment
Holidu have recently carried out some interesting research on the top 10 rated hiking routes in Majorca (as rated on AllTrails). Below I’ve cherry-picked the…Leave a Comment
Spain is an immensely popular European holiday destination, frequented by tourists from around the world. Most people that go to Spain visit Madrid, the nation’s…Leave a Comment
Alternative title: “Post-Apocalyptic Pumpkin Patch” Even here in semi-rural Wales, life has become Americanised. That’s not a complaint, just an observation. When I was a…Leave a Comment
Summer is here and Baby Holbrook is five months old, so we eased ourselves into our first family adventure with a luxurious glamping stay at…
Langland Bay is arguably the most famous beach on the the Gower peninsula’s southern stretch. And it’s one of the main reasons the village of…Leave a Comment
Unedited SOOC photos shot with my Fujifilm XT3 XF 23mm F2 R WR lens – Classic Chrome and Acros film simulations.
Like you I’ve heard all the rave reviews about the legendary Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 – the “must have video lens” for Fujifilm X series cameras. …Leave a Comment
What does it take to create inspiring photography and art? Learn from these world’s famous photographers as we study their most renowned projects, philosophies, and techniques.Leave a Comment
I took these photos of Penclawdd over the last year and a half (2021/22). I had no idea in mind of what I’d do with them, no goal. But after putting them together, side by side, I realised that they painted a picture, a portrait – a portrait of my home.
Local boy Ben Holbrook guides James and Lucy through his beautiful country, which is famed for its spectacular coastline and countryside.
My first film of 2022, and boy does it feel good to be back behind the camera! I shot this short at the glorious Rhossili…Leave a Comment
It’s the night before and my hands are trembling as I’m packing my bag. The tent, the air mattress and pillow, the sleeping bag. The…2 Comments
I asked my fellow UK bloggers to share their favourite beach towns in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Here’s what they had to say!Leave a Comment
There’s a farmer who owns a woodland on the Dulais River in south Wales. For a few quid a night he lets you pitch your…Leave a Comment
Evocative images that provoke more and better thought with each look.
Sasha Asensio is an anthropological photographer based in Barcelona who photographs the unseen and overlooked: the homeless, the scarred and disfigured, fascinating people who live…Leave a Comment
Llangennith beach to Rhossili Bay across Rhossili Downs is easily one of the most scenic walks on the Gower peninsula (in south Wales, UK). This…Leave a Comment
It’s funny how travel has gone from being my entire life to “something I used to do”. These days I spend more time in my…Leave a Comment
Gone for Good? ~ A Documentary Film & Photo Project Exploring the State of Our So-Called Sacred Spaces
Penclawdd is a village of 3,500 people located on the Gower peninsula in south Wales. Its bountiful coal, tin and copper mines saw it prosper…
I found an old hard drive recently from 2017/18 and it was like finding a wormhole back to my life in Barcelona, Spain. If you love Barcelona too, this is for you!2 Comments
Hike one of the wildest and most beautiful beaches in the Gower peninsula, and don’t miss the iconic Whiteford Point lighthouse.Leave a Comment
It was the summer of 2019 and I spent ten days driving around France, eating and drinking and wandering and taking far too many photos.Leave a Comment
I grew up in Penclawdd, on the marsh, the estuary forever in view. But it’s only now that I’ve returned as an adult that I…
We drank too much – wine and beer and gin and god knows what. I took some blurry drunken photos…Leave a Comment
More from the Gower Peninsula Sands of Torture ~ Lockdown on the Gower Peninsula (South Wales, UK) “I Do Love October” – Autumn on the…Leave a Comment
My father was Welsh through and through, but my mother moved to Wales from Gloucester, England (accent and all) to marry him in the late…Leave a Comment
Whenever I travel, especially around Spain, Italy and France, I’m always so sad when it’s time to leave. But with Hamburg, frankly, well…Leave a Comment
I can cope with most aspects of lockdown life, but…Leave a Comment
“I tried to give them their space, but I couldn’t help photographing their Barcelona love story as it unfolded before me.”6 Comments
My biggest adventure yet.2 Comments
I haven’t travelled this autumn, but I’ve stayed creative. All photos taken with the Fuji 35mm F1.4 R lens (samples and lens review included).
In ‘Like Living on an Island’, Ben Holbrook explores the relationship between the residents of the Gower peninsula (south Wales) and its coastline.
Whether you’re on your honeymoon, celebrating an anniversary or simply indulging in your shared love of travel, these are the best places for couples in Spain.Leave a Comment
Fancy an informal kickaround in the Spanish capital? The footie fanatics from CeleBreak share their inside knowledge on where to play football in Madrid1 Comment
Written by Barcelona native Cristina Fernández Cubas, this collection of six thrilling short stories transport you to scenes of delight, delusion and despair in the sun-kissed Catalan capital.Leave a Comment
This month’s edition of Fuji X Passion magazine is now available and comes with an ebook featuring 100 or so of my best photos and the story my photography journey.Leave a Comment
Craving a casual kickaround in the Spanish sunshine? The footie fanatics from CeleBreak share their inside knowledge on where to play football in Malaga, Spain.Leave a Comment
From the Mediterranean metropolises of Barcelona and Valencia to the southern seducers of Seville and Marbella, here are the best and hottest places to visit in Spain during winter – even in the depths of December!Leave a Comment
Cine Scenes from Summer 2020 (on the Gower Peninsula, Wales) ~ A 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio Photography Journal
A series of photos cropped using the 2.35:1 aspect ratio + tips on how to use the 2.35:1 cinematic aspect ratio to make your images look like film scenes.
Ready to start your travel photography journey from beginner to professional? These quick and easy beginner travel photography tips are sure to help you take better photos.Leave a Comment
The Earth Film Lightroom Preset Pack will help you inject your digital photos with a analogue heart and soul. Read on to find out why and how, and also see a few photo samples.
“He’d do stupid things like that and mistake the attention he got in return for admiration.”Leave a Comment
Everyone’s welcome to play football in Frankfurt with CeleBreak, with both men’s and women’s games available at the touch of your phone. Download the CeleBreak app and joing a fun footie game in Frankfurt today. Here’s how!Leave a Comment
Here are my favourite beaches on the Gower peninsula and some insider advice on where to park, eat & drink nearby – plus tips on dog-friendly beaches & accommodation in the Gower (hotels, B&Bs, pubs & campsites).Leave a Comment
Paulina has lived in Spain for over 5 years and fell in love with the food, architecture and year-round sunshine of Tenerife. Here she shares her insider tips, with advice on the very best things to do, see, eat and drink in eternal sunshine of Tenerife.1 Comment
We’d been to Sarah’s parents’ 25th wedding anniversary. We’d eaten too much cake. I’d been drinking red wine. The sun was setting.1 Comment
Everything you need to know about getting your essential Australian eVisa before you go!Leave a Comment
From the colossal Cité du Vin to the UNESCO listed Vieux Bordeaux (Old Bordeaux), here are the most essential things to do, see, eat and drink in the magnifique French metropolis of Bordeaux.Leave a Comment
As one of the most remote and difficult beaches to get to on the Gower peninsula in south Wales, Pwlldu Bay is the place to escape to for ‘Famous Five’ style fun and frolics.
I spent the weekend (8-9 August, 2020) with my old – roughly the same age as me – manual focus Canon 50mm f/1.8 on my…9 Comments
As if we needed another excuse to crack open a few cold ones, it’s International Beer Day (held on the first Friday of August each…1 Comment
Misadventure in Thailand, 2002. It was a crippling cramp that came from nowhere. I doubled over with the pain but my friends weren’t sympathetic to my…4 Comments
I interviewed Margaux from Mosaic Flowers in Barcelona to find out how she uses her creativity “to make people’s hearts smile”.Leave a Comment
The footie fanatics from CeleBreak share their inside knowledge on where to play football in Munich. Here’s how you can get involved in local games. …Leave a Comment
Joni from ExpatsinBarcelona.com shares his top tips on moving to Barcelona and creating the life of your dreams!Leave a Comment
Find out about Welsh Wine Week and discover 8 beautiful Welsh wines to sip yourself! #welshwineweekLeave a Comment
‘Discovering Welsh Wine’, or ‘Standing in the Middle of this New World with Terrific Forces at Our Disposal’
Let me introduce you to the beautiful new world of Welsh wine. Yes, really! Wine from Wales! Wales in the UK!
Something’s changed. I’ve changed, the world’s changed, this blog has changed.6 Comments
Journal entry from 2016. Gloucester, England. Jack’s face was tanned and etched with thick purple scars that cracked their way up his face and over…Leave a Comment
A poem by Ben Holbrook dedicated to the beautiful pubs of South Wales’ glorious Gower Peninsula.Leave a Comment
It was 10.45am when I woke up to Barcelona’s brilliant winter sun glaring through the huge doors and windows that opened onto my terrace. Normally…Leave a Comment
I was always at my happiest up in Barcelona’s Collserola mountains. I felt at peace, like I belonged, that I was free to be me.…Leave a Comment
“It often felt like only cool beer could relieve me from the heat.”Leave a Comment
Ever imagined what it would be like to live in Barcelona and hustle a living as a travel blogger? This is an entry taken from my actual diary. Written in 2016, about a year or two after starting my career as a travel blogger in Barcelona, it sets the tone and, I think, hints at the challenges I faced while living off my wits.Leave a Comment
‘Surrender’ explores the internal battles many of us have fought during the Coronavirus lockdown, while hinting at the juxtaposition of countless lives being devastated against a backdrop of spring in full bloom.Leave a Comment
I asked the Spotted by Locals Barcelona team to share 5 of favourite secret spots in Barcelona.Leave a Comment
Located on Barcelona’s ritzy Passeig de Gràcia, La Pedrera (aka Casa Milà) is one of the most famous Modernista buildings in Barcelona, if not the world. Here’s everything you need to know.Leave a Comment
A few months back, before COVID-19 forced us all into lockdown, I was hired to photograph and film the team from Devour Tours during their…2 Comments
From Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, experience the best of Israel on your first visit (a one-week guide).Leave a Comment
Regardless of your religious beliefs (or lack there of), a visit to this fascinating city is a must for all open-minded travellers in search of deeper experiences.Leave a Comment
From exploring Georgian mansions on the Royal Crescent to sipping cider at a local pub, here are the best things to do in Bath, England.Leave a Comment
With its Georgian charm, characterful rooms and Michelin-starred restaurant, this 4-star boutique delivers the most civilised stay in Bath.Leave a Comment
I asked my fellow pub-loving travel blogger friends for their top tips on the best boozers in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England! Here are the results!1 Comment
In this gastro guide, local experts from Arara Tours share their tips on how to eat your way around Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, in the region of South Caucasus.6 Comments
Discover the best family-friendly “barrios” in Barcelona, based on things like convenience, location, public transport, general safety and access to family-friendly facilities.Leave a Comment
Seville is bursting with great tapas bars, culture and historic sites, and if you’re savvy about your spending, you can do it all on a tiny budget.Leave a Comment
From surfing to hiking, sleeping to eating, here’s your essential guide to one of the best beach/surf/camping destinations in the UK.2 Comments
From the pyrotechnics of Las Fallas in sunny Valencia to the crazy ‘Tomatina’ tomato-throwing festival in the tiny town of Buñol, here are the best festivals and cultural celebrations in Spain for every month of the year.Leave a Comment
Tucked away in the heart of Barcelona’s glitzy Eixample barrio, Hotel Alma Barcelona is a grand deluxe 5-star design hotel and a soulful home from home.Leave a Comment
My personal recommendations on the best flamenco and Catalan rumba shows in Barcelona!Leave a Comment
For those seeking an authentic slice of London life, away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist traps littered around the capital’s centre, New Cross is fast becoming one of the hottest places to be.Leave a Comment
More and more travellers from the UK (and beyond) are waking up to what Switzerland has to offer – here are seven useful tips to help you make the most of your Swiss adventure!Leave a Comment
Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines (Poem by Dylan Thomas, Visuals by Ben Holbrook) Light breaks where no sun shines; Where no sea runs, the…Leave a Comment
Thinking of taking a cruise? If so, here are 100 bucket list travel experiences you should start planning today! I think a lot of people…Leave a Comment
Disfrutar is easily my favourite ‘fancy’ restaurant in Barcelona.Leave a Comment
Travelling with just one carry-on bag will help you save money, time, and even the world… Here you will find my personal minimalist travel packing…Leave a Comment
A haven from the chaos of contemporary culture, Gliffaes Country House Hotel is the rural retreat you’ve been dreaming of.
Recover, reset and revel in the only 4-star hotel in Wales’ glorious Brecon Beacons.
How do you feel about travelling in your own country? I left Wales almost 11 years ago (to move to Barcelona and then London –…Leave a Comment
Ljubljana is Slovenia’s sensationally charming and green capital city and offers instant immersion into this blessed nation’s unique culture – here are the essential things to do and see, along with advice on where to eat, drink and sleep.Leave a Comment
I’ve collaborated with UK recipe box home delivery service HelloFresh to share this quick, easy and extremely healthy vegetarian paella recipe that even the abuelos of Valencia would be proud of!Leave a Comment
You’d be gravely mistaken to overlook this little jewel of a city in Italy’s gastro-centric Emilia Romagna region.Leave a Comment
Here’s my beginner’s guide to New York City, complete with advice on essential things to do (and not to do), and a few pointers on where to eat and sleep.3 Comments
Do as the Parisians of the Belle Époque did and escape to the charming little fishing village of Étretat in Normandy for sun, sea and bonhomie. Discover the best things to see and do, as well as advice on where to eat and sleep.Leave a Comment
My summer in Asturias, northern Spain ~ in 90+ photos and video.3 Comments
Every August, the street parties of Barcelona’s Festa Major de Sants offer an authentic insight into modern-day life in the Catalan capital.
Discover the best things to do in Marseille and find out what makes this atypical French city so compelling – in just 2 days!Leave a Comment