My summer trip to England was the first time I had been back in over 10 years. It felt like forever. I have changed so much since the last time I was there – I had grown up.
Since I am not in England very often, I wanted to make sure that I truly experience things. I am very aware that I sometimes use my camera as a barrier between myself and other people. My camera gives me a role at an event. It gives me a chance to walk up to strangers and introduce myself: “hi, i’m the photographer.”
I didn’t want to meet my family and friends as “the photographer.” I wanted to meet them as me. So I really tried to put my camera down. It forced me to not hide, be real, and take in everything that I was experiencing. It was an experience I’ll never forget.
To that end I didn’t pull out my professional Pentax camera much and relied on my iPhone to snap some quick memories from my trip. From the house that I grew up in, my first pet, the town village, or city hall.