The Photokina virgin!

So I am currently sat in an empty/ish Koln airport, Ive bought the obligatory duty free, eaten the dried ham and cheese roll with my last beer, and now I have a couple of hours to kill before I get my flight back to the uk! So I thought rather than just sitting and watching the world go by I would share some of my experiences of my first Photokina.

I was attending the vast trade show as a speaker on the Fuji live stage, telling my story of my switch from NIKON to the gorgeous Fuji XT-2.

I was speaking alongside some incredibly talented photographers, it was a little nerve wracking to say the least, and I felt a little out of my depth, having never spoken on such a big stage before!

I really shouldn’t have worried! Everybody and I mean EVERYBODY, has made me feel extremely welcome, and they all assured my that everything would go smoothly! And it did! (I had been worrying about this for weeks!!)

Thank you so

Here are a few of the images from my talk…..Click on the images to find the exif data…

Arriving at Koelnmesse, where the trade show is held, I was shocked at how large all of the stands were! I had been to trade shows in the UK before, but this was on a different level!

It was clear that there was a real buzz around the Fuji stand, probably due to the announcement of the eagerly anticipated GFX medium format body and lenses. There certainly was a lot of bodies crowding around the displays, all taking images of cameras! (A little strange if you ask me, but each to their own!)

The highlights for me were:

The images on the Leica stand, the disturbing giant images from Bruce Gilden were just shockingly powerful.

Seeing the other speakers on my stand, Elia Locardi and his epic travel images. Jonas Rask and his beautiful street photography, and Javier Abads stunning wedding images, I could go on…. all of the speakers on the Fuji stand were great, and I took something away from each and everyone!

Seeing the real passion with which the Fuji staff feel about their product, and their real care as to how it is received by us, its clients. I don’t think I have ever known a company that really honestly cares so much! It is refreshing to be involved with the company that really does listen to our opinions!

And lastly making some amazing new friends, and catching up with old ones is always lovely, just to chat photography every evening over food and a few, (maybe one night too many!) beers.

I leave Cologne, with a huge smile on my face, and feeling inspired to go shooting with all of the creativity that I have taken away!

Thank you Fuji! And thank you Cologne! 🙂

Saraya xx