When we first arrived in London last March, Allison and I were excited to start collecting lots of photos and video (which you can see on our personal blog, WanderTheWild.com) as we made our way to Greece.
Almost immediately, when you turn on your photographer’s brain, you start seeing things. You start to notice. You notice the natural balance and composition in your surroundings. You notice light and shadow. Open sky and negative space. Texture. Color. Symmetry. Even signage and typography. And you try to capture it in a still image.
I became aware of what I would describe as almost a hunger for those things. It became a challenge. I wanted to collect them. Hunt for them. Have them.
I mentioned it to Allison. She joined in on the hunt, too.
So aside from the other photo and video memories that we’re displaying elsewhere, we wanted to post these more specific collections here. These are some of our favorites from London, Florence, Tuscany, and Rome, and Athens, and Skiathos so far.
It’s so satisfying. I love trying to be obsessively level, compulsively perpendicular. Trying to center the horizon lines so that everything you’re looking at is pointing to some invisible center point. I love the way it looks when you stare up at a tall structure – whether from the front or on a nice, crisp 45° angle. How all those horizontal lines converge to create perfect chevrons. I love trying to make what I see beneath my feet appear completely flat, or to stand in the absolute center-line of the object I’m viewing.
On the street in front of our flat in London.
Houses of Parliament.
On the metro tunnels, just outside the V&A Museum.
Giotto’s Campanile in Florence.
A delightfully heavy knocker nearby.
Museo Nazionale del Bargello.
Ponte Vecchio, spanning the Arno River.
Borgo Beccanella, just outside Asciano.
Just after midnight, near Vatican City.
Saint Peter’s Basilica.
The charming, narrow streets of Skiathos.
In a neighborhood in Athens.
At the Acropolis.
The Temple of Hephaestus