This is a plea for help. So, unless you’re literally in the process of booking a holiday, everybody else, could you take 2 minutes, and see if you could help me? I’m after your photos – your Chain Gang photos.
I’m very lucky that people come on our tours and share their photographs. While asking for photos, it seemed a good opportunity to share some of our Albums from Flickr. For example, Languedoc, as seen through the camera of Stephen Middleton. Stephen’s a good example. We’ve cycled together at least a couple of times. I don’t notice him taking photos, and we’re in the same places at the same time. But at the end of the week he has a collection of much better photos than me. (By the way, click on these images to enlarge them)
I love these photos – but they’ve also become marketing gold dust.
In the bad old days of printed brochures, it was an annual task, gather together photos, and trawl through them for the 20 of 30 of very best – no rain jackets, no cloudy days. No gurning!
But now we use photos every month – every day if I remember to post on FaceBook and Instagram! For example, I’ve used some Normandy photos from Patrick Hudgell in a blog post in Normandy earlier this week. Patrick is an amazing photographer, we’re very lucky to be allowed to use his photos, so don’t waste this opportunity to go and have a look!
And we have to keep up-to-date. We can’t just keep re-using photos from 2015 (a good year for photos, like the one on the right, an ‘année exceptionnelle’).
So if you cycled with us last year (or in previous years, like Jeremy Shindler and this collection of photos from Alsace), and took photos of your holiday, would you share them with me, please? Sue, David, Allyson, Barbara, Sir Mark, Ken – I’m talking to you! Kathy, Roberto, you’re off the hook. Thank you already.
Here’s a final link, courtesy of Roberto Peixoto, to a lovely album of photos from Provence. Another terrific photographer who is incredibly generous with his photos.
Thank you Stephen, Jeremy, Patrick and Roberto. And thank you, in advance – get in touch if you can help! And if you just fancy trawling through some fabulous albums of photos, they’re all here on our Flickr Photostream.