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Day 20- Poland Krakow-21 Location: Karkow Poland

Hello lovely ones

These photos were taken in Karkow Poland, on the last day of their Easter celebration. Being so fortunate to stumble across this array of colours and festivity, I was snapping away with my camera nonstop, trying to document every moment.  So amazed at the food, traditional dress and of course the Easter eggs, my mind struggled to keep up with all the visual stimuli surrounding me.

I love that feeling. The feeling of being somewhere completely new and different. Where things, which may only  hold a slight difference to the norm, shine with new with beauties and creativity. The feeling, where your eyes fail to take everything thing in at the same time and your head struggles to comprehend all that you’ve experienced. (Those “Wow, what even??? moments).

So glad that I can share a few images with you, so you can have a glimmer of ‘that feeling’ of wonderment and awe. Thankyou to our dear friends for our wonderful comments, especially about Vess’s Tea Towel Wedding Invitations and my Barcelona posts.

Please, shout out if you want to see photos or hear tips from a particular place. We would be more than happy to comply! We’ve both been pretty busy at the moment, converting our downstairs into a studio (resulting in endless trips to Ikea). Hoping to finish it ASAP to show you guys!

Love Val

val copyValerie Bong   –  Founder & Content Executive
Val is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Leeds, UK. As a photographer and documenter she loves celebrating the beauty of the world. With her love for capturing special moments she specialises in fashion, wedding, family and event photography.

Website Twitter / Linkedin 








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1. Lance Sagar 2. Jake Rutterford 3. Jacob James 4. Jake Rutterford 5. Alice Sarsfield-Hall 6. Nick Pawlowski 7. Lance Sagar 8. Alice Sarsfield-Hall 9. Tomi Yau 10. Lance Sagar 11. Jacob James 12. Nick Pawlowski 13. Lance Sagar

Hello friends!

Being of the curious sort (I am known for asking a million and one questions to people) I always ask photographers who I come across questions about their photography. What drives them, motivates them and why they have an innate desire to shoot photos of people, animals, objects, landscapes, art, food and pretty much, whatever the sun touches!  So while in Leeds I joined the photosociety, where most were self taught photographers and were pursuing photography as a side passion separate from their day job.

Good news for me, they liked us so much that they let us join them on their photography trip to Prague!

What I treasured the most was seeing the different approaches to photography. Many of them were landscape photographers (something I need to practice a bit more of) so would wait patiently for a particular bit of sunlight or cloud for the perfect photo. Which is a stark contrast to the frantic way I take photos when working with a model. I’ve always approached photography as “capturing the moment” in a laugh and smile, never really going out with such intent to optimise on lighting nor being patient with waiting for “the shot “, however, once I saw some of their photos I was blown away.

The same view I had seen, forever captured in a moment by another but with more vibrancy and clarity than I could comprehend. The early morning sunrise photos, were magical and picturesque making me wish that I had sacrificed my sleep too to witness such beauty.

I’ve included some photos here of the Prague landscape and my dear friends who I am lucky to have met. If you have any questions about equipment or settings they have used. Ask away and we will be sure to pass it on to the right person!

Keep learning and exploring



val copyValerie Bong   –  Founder & Content Executive
Val is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Leeds, UK. As a photographer and documenter she loves celebrating the beauty of the world. With her love for capturing special moments she specialises in fashion, wedding, family and event photography.

Website Twitter / Linkedin 




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Alice Sarsfield-Hall

Studying English and French and a lover of Sunday Roast, Alice is an avid photographer and lover of English puns. Founding Leed’s University’s first Cancer Awareness Council this young lady has a very bright future ahead of her.



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Jacob James – Travel Photographer 

Already an internationally renown travel photographer, writer and speaker, 21 year old Jacob is a rising star in the photography world. With an eye for capturing the beauty, surprises and adventures of travelling, Jacob’s emotive and majestic photos will leave you mesmerised.



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Jake Rutterford

Graduating from Leeds University with double honours in Maths and Finance Jake is a talented and inspiring individual. Experienced in both film and digital photography he has gone on to teach others his craft as a leading member of Leed’s Photosoc community.

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Lance Sagar

A lover of Malaysia and South East Asia as travel destinations, Lance’s landscape photography is a treat to view. Vivid wide angle shots of inspiring landscapes and sunsets characterise this artist’s work.



Tomi profile pic copyTomi Yau 

Singer, hip hop dancer, youtube star and photographer, Tomi Yau is a multitalented individual. His larger than life personality and repertoire of skills is put to use in through the running of which provides commentary of the UK HipHop Community .


Nick Pawlowski
An exchange student from Germany, Nick has optimised his time at Leeds by being actively involved in the Photo society at Leeds. Strong colours and clarity are features of this photographers’ work. We hope to see more of him as he travels to intern in Malaysia next year.



Belgium, travel



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Hello fellow travellers and adventurers!

What springs to mind when you hear  Belgium? Maybe something along the lines of; Belgium Waffles and Belgium Chocolates? Both of which are delightfully delicious but dreadfully unhealthy for you (like most things which are tasty and covered in chocolate!) . Our Eastern Europe trip started in Brussels and pretty much consisted of non stop eating of waffles and chocolate, visiting gardens, our first experience of a European Gothic Church and thefirst of many kebabs in Europe!

Really not much to say except that, yes, that is a statue of a boy peeing. Which is one of the main tourist attractions within Brussels. According to the Sanderman tour guide, a man lost his son and was asking people of the town to help him find him. Apparently the potential rescuer of the son said, that upon finding the boy he would create a statue of the son doing whatever he was doing upon the time of his discovery to honour the lost boy coming home. And thus the statue was created!

In reality, no one knows the purpose or the true story behind the statue. I personally believe it is a bit of a cheeky move by the people of Belgium, especially now it has become such a well known tourist attraction. Probably one of the more scandalous statues out there or maybe one of the more fun ones!

On another note, we are happy to announce the winners of our Hidden Socks Club COMPETITION 


*winners will be contacted soon concerning mailing details

Thankyou to all those who entered and showed your love and support to BigPictureStuff and to The Hidden Socks Club!

For those of you who loved their socks and Vess’ outfits you can shop for your own Hidden Sock Club socks here at their online store (free shipping worldwide) and join their mailing list for 10% off storewide.

A pretty rad deal I reckon!

And massive love goes to our friends at The Hidden Socks Club, who you can keep up to date with at their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter 

Congrats again!

Next up, I’ll be sharing some street art and a review of the Alternative walking tour in Berlin.

xo Val


val copyValerie Bong   –  Founder & Content Executive
Val is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Leeds, UK. As a photographer and documenter she loves celebrating the beauty of the world. With her love for capturing special moments she specialises in fashion, wedding, family and event photography.

Website Twitter / Linkedin 


Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Prague, travel

11 cities in 28 days

Day 10 Vienna -4

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Hello friends and fellow travellers. 

I decided to do a quick check-in  to show you a sneak preview of what to expect in the next couple of posts from me(Val!). I was initially hoping to post as I travelled, but lack of consistent wifi proved to be a major drawback to my plans. I am now back in my home away from home, Leeds, overcome with the amount of essay writing, laundry, grocery shopping and exercising that I need to catch up on. Some of you may have seen a few of my travel pics on BigPictureStuff Instagram , so you may have a rough idea of where I’ve been but I can not wait to show you more pictures.

In order through the amazingness that is Eurail we travelled to the following cities and countries;

1.Belgium (Brussels & Brugge)
2. Germany (Hamburg, Munich & Berlin)
3. Austria (Vienna)
4. Hungary (Budapest)
5. Czech Republic (Prague)
6. Poland (Krakow) with a random stop over in Slovakia 
7. Austria (Salzburg)
8. Netherlands (Amsterdam)

Never thought I would be able to say I have been to so many cities and countries in 28 days, but we did it! I am beyond excited to show you the photos I took (Kate and Rach, who were my amazing travel buddies, said they can’t imagine my face without a camera ) and to tell you about the people we met and the things we saw. So to make sure I do get as many pictures to you as possible, I aim to get to you a-post-a-day, so stay posted and you can have your own little travel adventure through BigPictureStuff!

Don’t forget to ENTER the Hidden Socks Club giveaway we already have 60+ likes on the instagram photo, so LIKE BigPictureStuff facebook page, or follow Big Picture Stuff Instagram get in the draw to WIN! Winner will be announced THIS FRIDAY

And for those avid and experienced travellers out there, can you guess where each of these places are? Have a go!

xo Val 

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” 
― Gustave Flaubert


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A photo series developed during my four week study period in Prato Italy.

This series was developed from my images taken from Prato, Florence and Pisa, I was really captured by the silhouettes made by sculptures and architecture. Italy, the cultural hub of the renaissance, design, art and architecture was one of the most beautiful places in the world.  However, as I’m not one to play favourites, I do believe that in every city there is something unique and beautiful in each of them to make them special. And if you’re having trouble finding that beauty, look up.

Sometimes, beauty can be found not in new spaces, but in new perspectives. So crane your neck upward, lie flat on your back, cast your eyes above, renew your perspective and see things in a new way.