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.
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