I’m a Photographer but I left my camera at home for my first day in London.

Whenever I travel to a new destination, I always bring my camera equipment. It’s not unusual for me to take it out within minutes of arriving and immediately begin capturing the beautiful scenery and interesting things. I’m one of those people that like to experience things through their lens. It usually makes it more fun for me. For some reason, however, I decided against that when I arrived in London. I think it was a combination of my jetlag and the overwhelming amount of beauty the city had to offer. I also knew that I was going to be here for a while, so I had plenty of time to take it slow and be intentional about what I was capturing. So, I didn’t take my camera, but I also couldn’t not take any photos. What did I end up doing? Well, I relied on my iPhone to help me take photos in a way that was casual and didn’t take away from the experience of my first day. I was also very intentional about the photos I took, only things that really impacted me or made me think twice. The first photo I took was of a market that my new friends and I walked through on our way to get sim cards. 2018-05-26 12:14:46.658What really struck me about this location was the mix of old architecture and modern culture. The next image is of Marble Arch2018-05-26 12:32:36.732The Arch and its beautiful structure are what caught my attention, but looking back I love how the image captures many aspects of London. The bus in the background and the cyclist up front really embody some of the aspects of the culture. For my first meal in the city, the group went out for Fish and Chips. What I found most interesting about the meal, was not the meal at all. It was the condiment.2018-05-26 16:53:07.291 Personally, I’ve never had vinegar on Chips(Fries) but it was delicious. The last image I took that day was of a lady I saw walking down the street. 2018-05-26 17:23:18.735Something about the way she dressed really made her stand out to me as a “character” of London. All these photos were taken using the iPhone app “Huji Cam“. The app helped make taking iPhone photos more fun for me and it also made it easy for me to take photos without directing too much of my focus on that activity. Overall, I really enjoyed my first day in London and I’m glad that I captured some moments without taking my photography too seriously.

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