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© Paul Lavallee

Photo license: © All rights reserved

© mylatehope.com

Nicole Gesmondi is much more than just a favorite photographer of mine. I have saved the most important dedication for last (and timed it perfectly for Valentine's Day). When we met, I was a wanna-be photographer who had some cool photos only because I have seen every cool location in the U.S. Now because of her, I know much more about color and composition and thanks to her I have a plastic film camera obsession.

I actually enjoy being her assistant at weddings, helping her develop her website, and growing her photography business. She is a lot of fun to work with and go shooting with. She also doesn't mind that I have never bought her any jewelry, prefering to get her cameras, lenses, flashes, or film for aniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, and even Valentine's Day.

Abandoned bumper cars at the Enchanted Forest, a former kiddie amusement park in Hope Valley, RI. Nicolehas a much cooler shot of these on her website from one of our first dates.

Created using my Holga 120CFN with Fuji NPZ 800 film. Negative scanned with my Epson v700 Perfection scanner. No digital manipulation used!

73 responses

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   said (14 Feb 2008):

    What a sweet valentine!

  • Brittany Biel

    Brittany Biel said (14 Feb 2008):

    i love this photo!!!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (14 Feb 2008):

    And a great picture too!

  • Torild Hoyland

    Torild Hoyland (Deleted) said (14 Feb 2008):

    This shot is so great...!....all the different greens, cars and trees, and I like the crop here, too.
    (And also: Thanks for bringing me, through your dedications, all those photographers, that I did not know of, since I've just started on this site.)
    Torild

  • Zoë Collins

    Zoë Collins gave props (14 Feb 2008):

    This has a great "oddity" to it. Nice composition too!

  • Nicole Gesmondi

    Nicole Gesmondi gave props (14 Feb 2008):

    Awww... ::blushes:: Thats right, I am the one who got you obsessed and don't you forget it! :-P

  • Howard Seelig

    Howard Seelig gave props (14 Feb 2008):

    Holga shots are the best. I need to use mine more.

  • rory cobbe

    rory cobbe gave props (14 Feb 2008):

    just brilliant, you spend so much time eulogising others work when your own is very special indeed.

  • Daniel Go

    Daniel Go gave props (14 Feb 2008):

    This is awesome!

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (15 Feb 2008):

    So cool. Where did u find those?

  • Rachel Mckinnie

    Rachel Mckinnie gave props (15 Feb 2008):

    What a perfectly sweet valentine to your lady. Hope you 2 had a great one.

  • Steven Goranitis

    Steven Goranitis gave props (16 Feb 2008):

    Awesome photo! I'd love to explore that place, we have nothing kije that in Aus :(

  • Jimmy T

    Jimmy T gave props (16 Feb 2008):

    what a great find!

  • Chris Whitney

    Chris Whitney said (16 Feb 2008):

    Paul-this one gives me a great feeling of nostalgia-one of my favorite amusement rides of years gone by.

  • maria tizon

    maria tizon (Deleted) gave props (18 Feb 2008):

    So sweet. Both your dedication and this shot. I love the colors and the leaves gathered around.

  • Joshua Blankman

    Joshua Blankman gave props (18 Feb 2008):

    This is an awesome shot! I love the look of this.

  • Becky Cote

    Becky Cote said (20 Feb 2008):

    You and Nicole have to be my favorite contacts on this site...I love all of your work and hope someday to meet you and just sit in a coffee shop and talk about plastic cameras and film...

  • D B

    D B said (22 Feb 2008):

    Love it! :-)

  • Kreddible Trout

    Kreddible Trout gave props (25 Feb 2008):

    awesome shot

  • Rhian Syahzana

    Rhian Syahzana (Deleted) gave props (26 Feb 2008):

    Cool

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (26 Feb 2008):

    Cool spooky shot!

  • Bryan Jozefowicz

    Bryan Jozefowicz gave props (26 Feb 2008):

    This is so great, love it!!

  • Jim Robertson

    Jim Robertson gave props (3 Mar 2008):

    Sweet find, Paul!

  • Adrian Rodriguez

    Adrian Rodriguez gave props (10 Mar 2008):

    Awesome Capture.........You need to submit this to Human Impact

  • Jessica Martinez

    Jessica Martinez said (11 Mar 2008):

    What a wonderful find for a photographer (location)! And I agree with Adrian Rodriguez, this would be a great pic for Human Impact.

  • Michael George

    Michael George gave props (12 Mar 2008):

    Strange, but nice

  • Belinda Berglof

    Belinda Berglof said (17 Mar 2008):

    loving it!!!! i wanna go play there!

  • shomil shah

    shomil shah gave props (18 Mar 2008):

    wow, seems like i stepped through the mirror and entered some alice in 'amusement' land!

  • Toby Caughron

    Toby Caughron (Deleted) gave props (27 Mar 2008):

    this photo is a trip!

  • Gina Mantegna

    Gina Mantegna gave props (27 Mar 2008):

    Magnific situation :)

  • Wesley Furgiuele

    Wesley Furgiuele said (31 Mar 2008):

    I immediately thought: well, that's weird. Then I read the description and yeah, it's still weird. Wonderfully so.

  • Aubrey Collins

    Aubrey Collins gave props (12 Apr 2008):

    Surreal

  • Rob Echavarria

    Rob Echavarria gave props (17 Apr 2008):

    great find! :D

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (18 Apr 2008):

    Brings back memories of Rocky Point.

  • irene grazi

    irene grazi said (29 Apr 2008):

    meravigliosa!!!!

  • Christopher Robleski

    Christopher Robleski said (13 May 2008):

    sweet jesus this is awesome...

  • Eric Hart

    Eric Hart said (14 May 2008):

    Wow, what a strange and wonderful place. And a great photograph, too!

  • Rachel Mckinnie

    Rachel Mckinnie gave props (16 May 2008):

    Dude! If only I could vote a HELL YEAH!!! for this story to be published.

  • Chris Whitney

    Chris Whitney said (17 May 2008):

    Great story Paul. It reminds me of growing up on the East Coast and our trips to the Atlantic City boardwalk. Years later those amusement piers looked so much different.

  • Lee Rees

    Lee Rees gave props (31 May 2008):

    great capture, and great story. nice one!!

  • Céline Chhuon

    Céline Chhuon gave props (1 Jun 2008):

    amazing catch, surreal

  • Steve Hogle

    Steve Hogle said (4 Jun 2008):

    Superb paul!

  • Morgan Courtney

    Morgan Courtney gave props (16 Jun 2008):

    I love old amusement parks! If you're in Ohio any time soon contact me and I'll send you directions to an awesome old one in Northern Ohio. It was recently purchased by developers so i don't think it will be there much longer.

  • William Banks

    William Banks gave props (24 Jul 2008):

    This is an awesome shot!

  • Paul Dmochewicz

    Paul Dmochewicz said (11 Dec 2008):

    I wanted to take photo like that; D

  • Teresa

    Teresa gave props (30 Dec 2008):

    Love this.

  • Diane Peterson

    Diane Peterson gave props (6 Jan 2009):

    this is such a perfect example of the great stuff that can be done with the HOLGA!

  • Alexander Bussey

    Alexander Bussey gave props (19 May 2009):

    i love these bumper car shots.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (30 Jun 2009):

    What a lucky woman.....such a romantic page! Going to ck her's out now :)

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (17 Jul 2009):

    Well there's a lot of more or less photogenic car dumps, but it's the first bumper car dump I've ever seen. Excellent shot.

  • JOE FAILK

    JOE FAILK gave props (6 Sep 2009):

    Excellent capture! Voted

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (6 Sep 2009):

    back for vote on this beauty!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (11 Sep 2009):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (11 Sep 2009):

    Amazing image, amazing entry, voted

  • Logan Kendell

    Logan Kendell gave props (11 Sep 2009):

    Love This! Abandoned amusement parks are so cool!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (12 Sep 2009):

    Oh yea it rocks and what a fabulous story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink said (14 Sep 2009):

    Back to vote!

  • Andres Hernandez

    Andres Hernandez gave props (24 Sep 2009):

    Love it. Reminds me of my childhood going to the fair.

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (26 Sep 2009):

    voted...with an awwwwww from me for the story...doing what you love with the 1 you love...

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (27 Sep 2009):

    back to vote

  • Olivier Vin

    Olivier Vin (Deleted) gave props (29 Sep 2009):

    absolutely great!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (6 Oct 2009):

    nice shot

  • Liz Malone

    Liz Malone (Deleted) gave props (9 Oct 2009):

    Always loved this one! Lovely sentiments...

  • Dave Salinas

    Dave Salinas said (27 Oct 2009):

    wow, this is one of my all time favorite shots.....awesome!

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (28 Oct 2009):

    Oh those by gone days....vot´d.

  • Lon Casler Bixby

    Lon Casler Bixby   gave props (2 Nov 2009):

    very niiiice... got my vote ;o)

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (3 Nov 2009):

    Positively RAD and AWEsome!!

  • mark regester

    mark regester (Deleted) gave props (4 Nov 2009):

    strange and wonderful. voted for sure.

  • bonnie pelton

    bonnie pelton gave props (6 Nov 2009):

    great entry !!

  • Katie Mollon

    Katie Mollon gave props (10 Nov 2009):

    cool subject matter in a unique place!!

  • Alex Sánchez

    Alex Sánchez   said (14 Nov 2009):

    really nice, cars´ cementery!

  • niko niko

    niko niko gave props (26 Nov 2009):

    got my vote

  • Vasileios Gretsistas

    Vasileios Gretsistas gave props (1 Aug 2010):

    wow!

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