About

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The Photographer:

Square Lamb – aka Rachel Prout – is a British amateur photographer based in Valencia, Spain.

In my ordinary, tax-paying life I teach English as a foreign language; in my free time I love to travel and explore new places – and rediscover old and familiar ones. I always carry a camera.

The Vision:

For me, photography exists to capture moments, moods, expressions and emotions: a lasting record of a fleeting second in time.  That moment can be beautiful and happy or bleak and ugly – the important thing is recording it as accurately as possible, and scenes of angst and misery can be as compelling as scenes of colour and joy.

For this reason I try to keep post-processing to a minimum; I usually sharpen my images a bit, maybe adjust the exposure or contrast, but I don’t like digitally altering an image to the extent that it no longer reflects what was actually there. We have painters to give us aesthetics!  In my opinion the job of a photograph is to narrate a story of people, place, time or situation and the artistic skill of the photographer lies in finding a unique perspective, learning to view the mundane in a new way and, above all, being inspired by the subject and wanting to tell its story.

The Camera:

“The best camera in the world is the one you have with you at the time.”  I’m currently using a Nikon d3200; however a great many of the photos on these pages were taken with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 compact that I keep in my bag.  I find the compact camera very useful for street photography and candid shots as it’s faster to set and is a little more discreet (people tend to act differently when they notice a great thumping lens being pointed in their direction). The only drawback is you don’t get the pin-sharp detail you get from a DSLR.  I’m also a romantic about old cameras and film, I still cherish my very first Pentax in all its grainy-imaged glory!

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5 thoughts on “About

  1. I guess I too stay away from altering images. till date I haven’t used photoshop or any other similar software. I also use Panasonic lumix travel zoom camera. It doesn’t scare the people! 🙂

    you have a great blog !

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      1. Thank you! Yes you should definitely visit India -whenever you can. it’s a unique experience of cultural diversity. My blog only focuses on one city -Jaipur which is one of top destinations in India

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  2. Hi Rachel – I LOVE your blog! Love your photos especially on Spain as Spain has been on my travel bucket list for the longest time but I haven’t got around to it because of the unfavourable exchange rates at the moment. So for the time being, I shall make do to “travel” to Spain via your photos 🙂 Looking forward to explore the world through your blog…

    Cheers,
    Kat

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    1. Hi Kat! Thank you so much for the nice comment! I’m glad you like it – I have lots of fun taking the photos so it’s good to know that other people like looking at them 🙂 I hope you can get to Spain soon, I definitely recommend it (and it’s quite cheap when you get here…) Good luck!

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