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Back in the UK

Posted in art, fine art photography, travel photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2017 by squintphotographyart

Been a bit since I’ve been here. My blog has kinda become the red-headed stepchild of my life. I am torn between devoting more time to it or simply cutting back to a few posts a year. But I thought I would rear my head here today and share my giddiness about my latest trip.

It’s coming on two weeks now since returning from my London visit and I’m still on a high about it. My first solo trip overseas since I was a teen (many years ago!). And it was great. I realized I am just as intrigued with London as I was the first time. As I walked down the street from my hotel, the Fall leaves crunching under my feet, I felt an easy excitement of being where I belonged. This is similar to how I feel about NYC. London is such a mecca of cultures, style and beauty. It is definitely a world unto itself.

Big Ben-3Thames

My sole goal was to immerse myself in the surroundings and to photograph whatever I gravitated towards. True to my nature, I planned out an itinerary for each day, but only listed areas, not specific places. This allowed me the freedom to venture out and simply explore those areas.

ShoreditchBrick Lane

London is such a vibrant city, full of life. The city just oozes a cool energy and vibe, it’s hard not to feel there is a bit more swagger in your step by simply being there. This time around, I got to delve more into Camden Town and Shoreditch. Both places are teeming with street art and vintage fashions. Some of my fave things.

Leeke

Leeke Street Tunnel was on the top of my list to check out. I’d seen lots of photos of the tunnel on the web, but my first sighting of the place still sent my heart a flutter. I love to see graffiti splattered walls! And I don’t mean crude tagging and profanity laced images, I mean art….with spray paint. The colors always fill me with joy and Leeke Street did not disappoint. In fact, the only thing that did disappoint me was that the tunnel wasn’t long enough!

Beatles

I also did a day trip to Liverpool. This day wasn’t really about photography, it was more about discovering the place where my beloved Beatles came from. I saw the places they grew up, the infamous Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields and got to hear some music in The Cavern Club, where the magic began. Just being there brought tears to my eyes.

Highgate

A visit to Highgate Cemetery, which I wanted to see on the last trip, became a reality this time around. A place of such eerie beauty. Old tombstones, many leaning and askew and covered in ivy, created a darkly romantic scene. I could think of no better way to usher in the month of October.

So much to see and photograph in London, it was almost overwhelming, just being in the middle of it all. Sometimes, I had to put the camera away and let myself absorb it with all my senses. Five days was hardly enough to take everything in. Which most likely means, another trip will be planned soon!…

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Lovely London

Posted in art, fine art photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2017 by squintphotographyart

Oh lovely London! There is no place quite like it. Last November I finally got to explore the charm of England’s capital city. Of course, being on the island, we were greeted with chilly rains and grey, monotone skies. But that was to be expected and it certainly did not dampen my spirits about being in the land of Shakespeare and the Beatles!

While, there were moments during the trip when the sun did shine through, they didn’t last long and the clouds were back again. But mostly, this was a good thing, keeping harsh shadows out for my images.

We did most of the touristy stops, Parliament (which I had to go back and capture on another day since our first outing there was washed out by hard rain), Tower of London, St. Paul’s, Westminster, Tower Bridge, etc. But what I wanted mostly was to capture the eclectic energy of the city. The variety of architecture, the variety of cultures and people was quite exciting to me. I instantly felt comfortably at home in this place. I could explore for days and never get tired of it. If only there was the time! Time to see more pubs, more street art and more fashion….I can’t wait to get back there.

I’ve since picked out my fave images from the trip, but in doing so, realized how much more I would’ve liked to capture. I suppose that’ll be for next time. Until then….

Below are a few of the images I captured from lovely London…

big-ben

Big Ben Blue / Squint Photography

london-reds

London Reds / Squint Photography

millenium-bridge

Millenium Echo / Squint Photography

royal-post

Royal Post / Squint Photography

st-pauls

St Paul Blur / Squint Photography

union-jack

Union Jack / Squint Photography

union-jack-2

Union Proud / Squint Photography

 

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Hello 2017

Posted in art, fine art photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2017 by squintphotographyart
westminster

Westminster Morning / Sonja Quintero

 

Hello readers! And hello to 2017!!

Can’t believe it’s already here. Where did 2016 go? I’m as mystified as most of you are. Did your year go as planned? For me, it was a year of mixed emotions, of trying to “go with the flow”, of struggling to find a promising path and trying not to get so fixated on either and just let it go!

My definite highlight of 2016 was our trip overseas in November to London and Paris. We spent a wonderful 10 days exploring the cities. I tried to balance just being in the experience and being in the moment with capturing photos I felt celebrated these iconic places.

Seems like it’s been a whirlwind since we returned the week before Thanksgiving. The holidays were swiftly upon us and my time to even review my images has been minimal, to say the least. With the new year chugging forward, though, I am making it a resolution to really dig in and make some magic happen!

As for this blog, it has been awhile since I’ve been here and in all honesty I am not sure how much time I can dedicate to it moving forward. Writing has never been a strong suit of mine. I struggle finding the right words that I think my audience would want to read. However, in 2017 I am hoping to find a way to push through my trepidations and find a voice and a rhythm that works for me and helps me to continure to share some of my thoughts with you in a way that, hopefully, you’ll find both informative and entertaining.

So, to say “goodbye” to 2016 and “hello” to 2017, I’d thought I would share with you the trip images I have worked on so far. Lots more of these to come and I hope to be able to share them with you in the not-too-distant future.

 

westminster

Westminster Morning / Sonja Quintero

underground

Underground / Sonja Quintero

london-cabbies

London Cabbies / Sonja Quintero

harrods

Harrod’s / Sonja Quintero

paris-cafe

Paris Cafe / Sonja Quintero

eiffel

The Eiffel / Sonja Quintero

Happy 2017!

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