I feel like my Get Snappy blog posts have been a little lacklustre lately. I know that some people have a knack for making the mundane details of their lives interesting, but I’m not sure if I do. I suppose that I feel like this blog is primarily not about my life. It’s a chronicle of my thoughts and some of my experiences, but it’s not, and was never intended to be, a regular diary. I prefer to write about the world rather than my own little world.
I want to use the excuse that I haven’t been doing anything fun lately, but that’s not fair. It’s just that most of my week-to-week fun involves hanging out with my friends and family with my camera in its bag. Occasionally, it feels right to get the camera out – it would be foolish not to with friends as beautiful as this – but for the most part I’m doing the same kind of unglamorous stuff that most of us do; cheap pizza, lying on my sofa writing and cooking up meals for friends in our kitchen after work. It does not make for great photos or great words.
We are hunting for a new flat at the moment, so much of our time has been spent reviewing listings, talking to estate agents and going on viewings. Other than that, we were able to see Jake’s parents, my parents, Jake’s sister and one of my old friends this week, all of which were a joy. Other than that, I have been pre-writing blogs ahead of our trip and trying furiously to get through my pre-trip to-do list at work, so that I could put my out of office on and walk away (I succeeded!).
This week’s photos are from a summer evening in London, after a flat viewing and a pizza by the river. We cycled over Tower Bridge and stopped to enjoy the sunset over London’s landmarks. My camera ran out of battery halfway through my photo session so you’re stuck with whatever I managed to grab before the flashing red turned to black. I feel like, with my new editing software, I’ve perhaps been over-editing my pictures. There’s just so much you can do with an image! But I want them to be true to life, if enhanced a little, as all photographers are wont to do. Let me know in the comments if you think I should relax with the edits, or if they look edited to you at all.
Right now, we’re about to board a flight to Kenya, hence the early post time. I have also wrestled with how to talk and write about this trip on the blog, because I am completely aware of how highly unusual it is to be a twenty-three year old heading to Kenya for the trip of a lifetime. I know that I am so, so lucky and privileged, and I am so grateful to be having these experiences and sharing them with my wonderful family. All I can do, I guess, is appreciate these beautiful moments for what they are and share them as gratefully as possible. I plan to spend plenty of time behind the lens over the next two weeks, taking photographs of everything in sight, the best of which will end up on the blog. Most of my posts for the next two weeks have already been written and are ready to post, in case my Internet is poor at points (which it almost certainly will be). I do hope to get my next two Get Snappy posts up on time though, international roaming charges be damned. I hope everyone has had a lovely week and will get some time to relax this summer. You can also look forward to some exciting photos from Kenya over the coming weeks!
Here are this week’s photos from London. What do you think?