London on Film

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Back in June, I took a trip to London that was about ten years in the making. You can see the picture of very excited me at British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park up top. It was a really exciting trip, and I’ve recently found myself reminiscing more and more about my two weeks spent across the pond.

So I’ve decided that now is a perfect time to share some of my film photography with you. All the photographs are taken in and around London on a disposable camera I picked up as part of an experiment with my friends. I only have a few to show as some of them didn’t turn out (perils of not having a light meter and hating automatic camera flash, I suppose), but I hope you’ll enjoy them.

  Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

I stayed at an AirBnb in Covent Garden just off one of the main roads. This was the view out the window in my room. It got so light early in the morning there (like 5 AM early). I’ll always associate this room with the sound of my host’s singing lessons. She had a really beautiful voice, and I hope she goes on to keep performing.

  Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

This was the motto for my first big solo trip. I was by myself in another country for the for the first week of my trip, and I was regularly trying to navigate to get to places I had never been before. I made it my objective to “get lost” once a day and to explore the city. I highly suggest that method when you’re getting to know a new place. And when you want to find yourself again, free wifi and CityMapper are your friends.

  Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Quite fortunately, I was just down the street from the Covent Garden market. Truth be told, it may be one of my favorite places in London, if only for the steady influx of wonderful buskers. The night I took this picture, my friends and I went up to Punch & Judy to grab a pint and watch the sunset (at 9 PM – crazy!). The sunset gave off some absolutely crazy colors that night, and this is my attempt to capture them.

  Shoreditch, London

Shoreditch, London

I happened to catch this billboard mid-installation. I really liked how three dimensional the ad is, and I still really want to know exactly what it was advertising.

  Brick Lane, London

Brick Lane, London

I am so glad this shot turned out as well as it did. My friend Silvia (seen in the mirror’s reflection) was trying on sunglasses and I made her stop what she was doing so I could get this shot. I crushed it, clearly. And she bought the sunglasses she’s trying on too.

  Shoreditch, London

Shoreditch, London

I’m a big fan of remixing and pop art. So naturally, I had to take a picture of this paste-up art in Shoreditch. In hindsight, I wish I would have taken a better look at what was in their pants. …you know, now that I’ve typed that, I almost want to change it. But I think I’m going to leave it just to make myself laugh when I’m reading this post later.

  Leicester Square, Soho, London

Leicester Square, Soho, London

Ending this little photoset with my favorite shot, of nightfall in Leicester Square. This was one of my last nights in London, and the sunset was absolutely mesmerizing among the old buildings and the neon lights. This is one of my most vivid memories from my trip, and I’m so glad I was able to preserve it in its own right.