In July, I visited London for the first time since 2007. Having been an exchange student there twice (once in 2005), I loved the atmosphere and the vibe of the city. It has such a great arts scene and its always fun to explore. The city is also deeply embedded in my heart because it is where I first discovered that I wanted to be a photographer. When I first arrived in 2005, bombings happened within minutes of arriving at the airport. We quickly left London for our homes in Yorkshire, but the story continued to unfold throughout my time in England. At one point, we saw journalists and police motorcades crossing a bridge in Scunthorpe before a raid, and I was able to talk to one of the journalists covering it. At that moment, I wanted to be the person to cover that story and to share it with the rest of the world through photographs and images. It was just incredibly inspiring to see how much those words and photographs translate to everyone else. Once I returned from that trip, I started taking classes in photojournalism, and that eventually led to telling stories through cinema. It has been an incredible journey so far, and being able to return and shoot in London once again was a bittersweet moment.
As I mentioned in a previous post, my great friend Becca recently moved to London and I was able to spend an afternoon with her photographing in the most gorgeous light. This is one of the first shots I took.
Leica M6 // Portra 160