Monday, July 16, 2012

.finally, a blog post.

Hi Friends! Greetings from Londontown.

Unfortunately, I have terrible internet service in my dorm room, which is why you have yet to hear from me. It's definitely not because I'm just super busy exploring/wandering/getting lost in one of the greatest cities in the world. Of course that's not why.. ;)

I'm taking a photography course over here, and for our first project we went out to two very different neighborhoods in the city and photographed whatever caught our eye. London is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Everywhere I turn there seems to be a building or a park or a monument that is just "picture perfect." But walking around on those two days, I found myself being drawn toward the people of the city, rather than the infrastructure itself. For the people are what give it life, no?

Here are the 6 photos I turned in for my first project:

A little context for what you are looking at:
London is considered one of the most (if not the most) international cities in the world. Traveling throughout the city, I observe people from all nationalities and walks of life. In the mornings, I feel a wave of men in black suits crash through the subway heading to the City (London's financial district). In Spitalfields market, I hear the buzz of eager vendors soliciting handmade silver jewelry and Indian scarfs. In Chinatown, I smell the scent of fried rice and soy sauce wafting through the cool air. In the afternoons, I see the slender and stylish women appear on the streets taking their heels and handbags for a stroll down New Bond Street (home of the designer stores). And in the evenings, I taste the smooth acidity of London's finest cider served in the local, crowded pub. Yet despite the constant rush of life in this city, everyone needs a break- no matter where they come from or where they're headed. These 6 photos represent how Londoners savor what little time they have to rest, and what even littler time they have alone. The images are quite imperfect and could use some editing, but technicalities are not the focus here. Please enjoy them, despite their imperfections. :)

Thanks for looking, everyone. 
Stay tuned for more from my adventures in London.

Cheers, mate!

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