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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.

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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.

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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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Taking in Philly

Posted in art, fine art photography, travel photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2017 by squintphotographyart

I spent a few days in Philadelphia two weeks ago and really enjoyed getting to know the town. The obviously cool thing about Philly is its significance in American history as the birthplace of our Declaration of Independence, but beyond that astounding importance there is also the fact that it is just a really cool city, full of history, fab architecture and amazing art collections.

It feels somewhat like a small town, with the cobblestone streets, row house and walk ability. I found it quite easy to get around the center of the city and even beyond (even if my feet were screaming!) Their public transportation was also quite convenient and easily navigated. Although, walking was my preferred mode of transportation, because I didn’t want to miss a thing.

Upon my arrival, I was disappointed to find out that the clock tower on City Hall was closed for renovations and the famous William Penn bronze statue was shrouded in scaffolding. Not quite the level of disappointment I felt when the Trevi Fountain was under renovation during my Italy trip, but still, deflating, considering how iconic that figure is to the Philadelphia landscape. Bummer, indeed.

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I visited the places that are essential to really learn and appreciate Philly, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I even ran up the “Rocky Steps”! Eye of the Tiger, and all!….

The importance of the historical sites had a profoundly moving effect on me, considering our current political climate. I saved these visits for my last day there, so that I could give them my full attention.

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To see the views looking in, I ventured across the Ben Franklin Bridge into Camden, New Jersey to take some skyline shots looking west. If I had been truly smart I would’ve gotten out earlier that morning to take advantage of my one sunny day on my Philly trip! I also got evening views looking in from the west, but as the clouds and rain settled in, I wasn’t too happy with the results.

Below are some of my fave images so far. Some of them a bit processed, some not.

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Have any photos or stories of Philly? Please share!

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