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Vince Thorne, Photographer: Five things I LOVE about Jersey

Vince Thorne, Photographer: Five things I LOVE about Jersey

Friday 24 April 2020

Vince Thorne, Photographer: Five things I LOVE about Jersey


For Vince Thorne, photography is much more than just taking a photo. Being able to capture a specific moment that you can look back on for years to come, he says, is just like travelling in time.

His photography journey began when he was introduced to a Kodak Instamatic camera at a young age. Fast-forward 40 years, and he has a thriving business, Vince Thorne Bespoke Photography.

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving,” he says. “What you have caught on film is captured forever. It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” 

He says that Jersey is a “great palette” for photography, and that even though the island is relatively small, there is always more to discover...

1. The scenery...where do I start?

Jersey has a plethora of scenery and as a landscape photographer I just love the backdrop of Jersey, which provides the ideal pallet for a photographer like me. 

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Pictured: One of Vince's favourite places to photograph is Corbière. (Vince Thorne Bespoke Photography) 

Some of my favourite places I love to photograph are Corbière, Grosnez and of course the beautiful St Aubins harbour. I've heard other photographers say "I am bored with the same old scenery" but for me there's always a different picture to be taken. 

2. The food is fantastic

This island has a superb range of amazing restaurants and cafes. From Michelin starred restaurants (Mark Jordan on the beach) to your beachside shacks, the thing that links them all is that the food will taste delicious. 

20190402-880A7773-1.jpegPictured: "I just love the backdrop of Jersey." (Vince Thorne Bespoke Photography) 

There are many restaurants that I miss like mad, including The Bistro Frère and Borsalino Rocque that are sadly no more.

3. Closer to France

"Nearer to France but closer to home" – that was always the saying in the TV series Bergerac, a great local detective programme that I avidly watched in the 80s. This programme really put Jersey on the map but what was funny was that in some scenes you used to come out of the tunnel and be in St Aubins almost instantly.

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Pictured: Mussel beds at low tide. (Vince Thorne Bespoke Photography) 

We are only a short hop away from France. A half-hour on the ferry and we can be in St Malo or Dinan. Being able to take a day trip to another country where we can sample the fine cheese and wine is a big win for me.

4. Jersey wonders and Jersey royals

Jersey wonders traditionally in the very olden days were made on the beach by housewives as the tide was going out, and Jersey royals are the best potatoes on the planet in my opinion, dug fresh and served with some beautiful locally caught mackerel it's like you're in heaven.

5. Watch the water

As dusk descends on the Royal Bay of Grouville and the tide recedes, stunning bioluminescent marine creatures start to glow in the eerie green rock pools only found at La Rocque and on the way to Seymour Tower. 

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Pictured: At nighttime, you can see bioluminescent marine creatures around La Rocque and Seymour Tower. (Vince Thorne Bespoke Photography) 

You might call it a 'moonwalk'. It's like Avatar to me!

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