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Photographing London

by AIFS Study Abroad

I have a passion for photography so photographing one of the most amazing cities in the world was incredible.The photos I submitted were partially from the photography class I took and partially pictures that I just took on my own. One of the photos I submitted was actually chosen as a finalist in a photo contest, Best of College and High School Photography, sponsored by Nikon recently. I like to try to take photos at interesting angles and I tried to do that with the photos I submitted. I don’t remember all of the photos I submitted but they were definitely my favorites from the trip. I know I included 1 or 2 photos of the Peter Pan statue from Kensington Gardens. That was my favorite spot in London believe it or not. I had seen photos and movies with the statue in them and I had always dreamed of seeing it in person. I went there multiple times during the duration of my trip. I also wanted to take pictures of London at night because I thought it was so beautiful. All of the buildings being lit up at night is so different from what I’m used to. I live in the country so that’s not something I see where I live.

London is a city I had always dreamed of going to. I love the historical buildings and all of the class and charm that comes with it. It was a friendly city also. People were always willing to help if you didn’t know where to go. One time I actually had a woman hail a black cab for me because I didn’t know how to do it. Everything was fast paced there but it wasn’t so fast where you couldn’t keep up. It wasn’t “NYC fast” is a way to put it. I was lucky enough to be able to stay through the Jubilee. That was incredible. All of my friends told me before I left I had better see some royals while I was out there and I was lucky enough to actually see some in the Jubilee parade. My friends and I got some really good spots along the mall so we were able to see everything. It was fantastic being able to take part in something so special for that country. We even blended in with the Brits since we were decked out in red, white, and blue just like them. It was a very memorable day for me because I knew it was a once in a lifetime event that I had just taken part in.

Want to learn more about going to London this summer? You can spend 3, 6 or 9 weeks taking classes with our program, do an internship or study Shakespeare at the Globe theater. Visit our website and visit the Richmond website to see the full list of courses offered this summer.

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