Seeing in England

The results are in and scanned! This roll of Fuji Natura Film was super successful, and over half of the photos I took I liked- there are only 10 out of 36 that didn’t make the cut.

This roll included my trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, Hillsong Church, Harrod’s, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, The Globe, and the St. Paul’s area.

Story time: I’ve been getting my 35mm film developed at Snappy Snaps. Now, whenever I go in, it’s hit or miss on what photo specialist I get: either the friendly one that gives me a student discount, or the rough looking one that doesn’t. This time I got the rough one.

When I came to pick up my photos, the photograph of my two friends looking at purses was on the top of the stack, which Mr. Rough saw. He made a face, rolled his eyes and said, “Nice handbags.” I said thanks.

This guy is scary. Like, he looks like a mob boss. Maybe he is the head of a drug cartel or something and photography is a hobby or something. I can see it now: photo specialist by day, crime lord by night.

But anyway.

I read a wonderful quote earlier today that I would like to share with you all. It’s from the wonderful Dorothea Lange, and is as follows:

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

It was extraordinary that this quote cropped up today, because earlier I was thinking about how I no matter where I look, I see potential for a photograph. My eyes have been trained to see compositions everywhere; I am able to anticipate people’s movements, I know the right time to press the shutter. Because of photography, I see so much more than I did before. It’s a gift and, sometimes, a curse. It’s a curse sometimes when I’m too absorbed in photographing the moment, I myself do not get to experience it fully. It’s tricky business, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

So that was a rant that didn’t really have anything to do with London, so here, I’ll make it up to you: Tea and Crumpets.

Happy shooting!

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