Being in London is like a homecoming away from home. There is a sense of familiarity. I coudln't quite figure out what else made me feel at home there. Perhaps it was the people or the just the general vibe of the place. I felt a sense of ease wandering the streets of London more so than other cities on this trip, but oddly enough, I was the least motivated to take pictures there. Perhaps it was the sense of familiarity that reduced my desire to shoot. Another potential reason for my lack of motivation could be what Bruce Gilden talked about in a YouTube video that I just showed someone again after seeing it a while back. In the video Gilden talked about how everyone is starting to look the same on the street. Let's be perfectly clear, I would probably fall into this "cookie cutter" look myself, but as a photographer, I can definitely see his point. Eccentric characters grab my attention and those people are harder and harder to see anywhere. When I see one in the wild, it's like seeing an purple unicorn, and I go a little ape sh*t. I am sure London has its share of characters, but being around touristy areas probably didn't help my cause. I will have to search in a different area next time!
I did manage to get a picture the girls pictured above. I always feel a sense of wonder and sadness when I take pictures of kids. A sense of sadness comes from the fact that the world is a very cynical place and I always fear the need to explain why I am taking picture of someone else's kids. By the time that you are asked for an explanation, I believe that the people have already made up their minds about your motivation. I haven't had any trouble so far (*knock on wood) since I always try to take my pictures in proper "context". The kids are generally doing something interesting that I believe anyone would want to capture the same moment which bring me to my sense of wonder. Kids are such open books and that make them great subjects. They express all their senses of bewilderment, joy, mischief, and etc in the open and without a care in the world. Their world might be small, but their hearts shine through with such innocence that it becomes contagious.
I will be wrapping up this unplanned, solo Euro-trip after London. I learned quite a few things while roaming around Europe, and what stuck out the most, much like my last Euro-trip, was that European free internet is terrible and unreliable! I was able to upload some of my pictures while in various coffeeshops from my iPad, but that was the result of uploading the same pictures 2 or 3 times!!! I am glad to be returning to the internet haven that is Canada (minus the elevated cost of course).
This trip was last minute and badly planned. I didn't have a must-see destination in mind and wanted to go with the flow. The flow took me from Vancouver to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Paris, and now London. Amsterdam was the only decent deal that I could find with a direct flight. This is quite a departure from my original plan of spending most of my time in Germany. It just so happened that there were a couple of events in Germany during my trip. First one being the Oktoberfest and second one being Photokina. Those events made finding affordable accommodation a challenge. These challenges are to be expected since it was a very last minute trip. I did almost no planning whatsoever. Dumb? Absolutely! I will definitely do more planning next time... maybe.
I am looking forward to my next adventure. I will certainly be scouring the internet much more often for cheap flights from now on. My lack of responsibility has to be put to good use somehow, and I figure travelling is a good way to start. Until next time!