We packed backpacks with cameras and a suitcase with clothes and got into the car. We set Google Maps to the first location: Chester, for Olivia & Tom’s Devon wedding. We drove more than 5 hours with stops and short breaks — almost 7 hours in total. We left our luggage and went for a walk in town. We were greeted by houses built of red brick, the ruins of an abbey, and a beautiful old cemetery with lots of graves from the 18th century.
On day two, we travelled to a cosy cottage from around the 15th century located in Devon. Crooked walls, doors, low walkways — but this was one of the most lovely Airbnbs we’ve ever slept in.
In the late afternoon, we went to Weeke Barton, a 14th-century cottage where the Obscura workshop was organised by Olivia and Dan and Toby from Handraft Pictures. We met all the participants of the workshops. With the music streaming from the speakers placed in the corners of the rooms, tasting the champagne brought by Dan, we told each other stories and we got acquainted.
Those were two wonderful days during which we learned where to get inspiration from, and about storytelling and videography. It was two days of delicious food, driving on winding and narrow roads, and shooting in stunning locations.
On the first evening (it was a night, to be honest) Pawel and I walked back to our cottage. We left the car at Weeke Barton. With flashlights on our heads and backpacks with equipment, we went down. We knew that the next day we would go the same way, but this time up the hill.