Popping up in London

I’ve been back from London for more than a week and I’m just now getting around to updating the blog. I’d like to say that I shut the blog down in solidarity with the 800,000 federal workers who are on furlough while the U.S. government shows its ass to the world. Unfortunately, the real reason is, I was sick for a few days and have been having a hell of a time getting motivated.

Sometimes, I think it’s good to take a few days off when the mojo isn’t there.

I was in the UK for the Popup GPP London, a two-day seminar featuring four amazing photographers: Gregory Heisler, Joe McNally, Zack Arias and David Hobby. The talks were inspiring. I’ll probably never be a professional photographer but I walked away with some wonderful insights into how these four pros go about creating their art. I also enjoyed catching up with David “Strobist” Hobby, an old friend from our days working together at the campus newspaper at the University of Florida. Hobby did his old pals at the Independent Florida Alligator proud with his talk about centering your life and realizing what’s important when it comes to life and photography.

I didn’t do a lot of sight-seeing while I was in London. The photo at the top of the post, of course, is the Palace of Westminster and the iconic Big Ben clock tower.  It may be days (weeks?) before I get around to editing some of the other photos from my trip, so, for now, here’s my Instagram travelog:

It doesn’t really matter how many times I read these warnings painted at the curbs, it’s almost impossible to walk into the street without looking in the wrong direction. I’m sure these reminders save untold lives each year.

How exciting was Joe McNally’s talk about lighting techniques? This exciting. But seriously, if you ever get a chance to see McNally in person, don’t pass it up.

The Shard is a relatively new addition to the London skyline (completed in 2009) and is the tallest building in European Union. Popup GPP was just a few hundred yards away from the Shard on the King’s College, Guys Campus.

There’s always a crowd of tourists at Buckingham Palace. I suppose the big draw are the guards, though they’re set pretty far back unless you happen to be there for the famous changing of the guard. For me, I’ve always been more interested in the Victoria Memorial. However,if you’re really after pictures of guards, check out the Tower of London where there are also guards but you can get a few feet away from them.

Definitely check out Westminster Abbey but don’t expect to get great pictures of the interior. Photos aren’t allowed inside the Abbey. I didn’t go in this time but I did snap an Instagram.

I enjoyed my trip but I didn’t really eat that well, except for a great meal at Salaam Namaste, an Indian restaurant in the Bloomsbury neighborhood. Otherwise, I definitely loaded up heavily on fried food. My first meal in town was a traditional English breakfast and it was really mostly downhill from there.

This post is part of Instagram Travel Thursday, a blog collective that promotes the great travel experts on Instagram and uses Instagram as a source for travel inspiration. 

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Joe Newman

I'm Joe Newman, multi-media story teller, non-profit do-gooder, international street photographer, serious poker player, intrepid traveler. Bourbon drinker.

  • Reeta @houseofanais

    October 10, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Sorry to hear that you got sick while travelling. Next time in London let me know and I’ll pop by for a coffee! And I think Indian is the way to go while in London; probably the best curries outside India…

    • Joe Newman

      October 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      I agree. The Indian restaurants are amazing in London. Hopefully, we’ll get to London again in the next year. It would be great to grab a coffee!

  • Satu VW

    October 10, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Hope you are feeling better and that it wasn’t the man flu that got you down… 🙂

    Lovely pictures of London, I’ve been struggling with crossing the streets here in Ireland in the past week. For some reason I always end up reading the text on the opposite side of the road (yep, upside down…), and still look the wrong way.

    I look forward to more pictures from London once you get around to editing them!!

    • Joe Newman

      October 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks, Satu! Were you at TBEX? I really wanted to be there but had to change my original plans and cut my trip short.

  • Elena

    October 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Hope you are feeling better–looking forward to seeing more of your photos–that first one of Westminster and Big Ben is stunning.

    • Joe Newman

      October 11, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks, Elena!

  • Shanna Schutlz

    October 11, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Any excuse to visit London is a good one (I especially like the picture of Big Ben at the top of the post, and the photo of the look right reminder on the curb made me especially nostalgic). I have only been to London once, and there is SOOO much more that I didn’t get to see. I can’t wait to go back!

    • Joe Newman

      October 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks, Shanna! I love London, too. Yet, it almost doesn’t feel “exotic” enough, since it’s almost like taking a trip to New York or Boston. It’s just a very easy city for Americans to get around.

  • Leigh Powell Hines

    October 11, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Joe, I’m sorry that you haven’t felt well. I’ve been so behind on my blog reading, but I’m certainly glad I didn’t miss anything. I enjoyed your IG photos in London. That photo of Big Ben is amazing. Love it.

    • Joe Newman

      October 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks, Leigh. I’m hopelessly behind on my blog reading and posting. I almost need to set aside a full day each week for that.

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