April 29, 2011 In life

doing what you want: london

for our first two nights in london, we have been staying at a hotel right near heathrow. it takes an hour to tube into the city, which means we leave in the morning and get back late at night: no breaks to change our clothes,  grab a different pair of shoes, rest for a minute or grab a jacket. nothing. that means i’ve been packing a backpack. with a leather jacket for when it gets cold, with my 5d mark 2 and an extra lens, with my iphone and headphones for the tube, with a sudoku book and a pen [for the tube, again] and my wallet and glasses. it’s a lot of stuff. i have to stifle my pride when i am in the city: there are way too many stylish women walking around in beautiful shoes and gorgeous bags. i want to be them. i, however, decided to wear nikes yesterday. yes, with my skinny jeans and my backpack. it was a really hot look.

i had this great plan to not photograph myself below the ankles. my mother, however, loves her iphone and any sign that screams FREE WI-FI HERE. this means that the whole world receives play-by-play updates of where we are and what we are wearing via twitter and facebook. i failed to mention this no-below-ankle-photography rule. all her facebook friends [and consequently mine, through the glory of “tagged photos”] are now able to enjoy some snapshots of my bright white runners. she says, you’re welcome. i say, thanks for nothing, lois.

yesterday’s highlights included watching this cute little man attempting to sprint up an escalator that was moving down… everybody at the bottom stood and watched him as he attempted to push past everybody coming down. he had a really heavy duffel bag as well. he tried for a good sixty seconds. then gave up and walked onto the tube and sat down. okay. another highlight. the tube home after sunset last night, a girl was blasting avril lavigne on her ipod so the entire train could hear. [i left canada to get away from avril for a few weeks and you bring her to me!?] the best part was that she was singing a song with terrible lyrics. she muttered under her british breath, you know that i’m a crazy bitch, i do what i want when i feel like it.

here’s a tip. maybe you should stop doing what you want when you feel like it. might make you a little more popular with the london commuters.

  • thanks for sharing your time in London with your readers.

    what lens did you bring along with you?

  • Jamie your pictures are so stunning! Whatever you’re photographing, they always are.
    P.S. Im surprised you didnt pitch a tent right alongside those women…how will you ever see the royal wedding now? ;)

  • Naomi

    You’ve captured some beautiful images of our capital city, Jamie! I sure hope you’re out there watching the wedding since you’re actually IN London! Do you wish you’d been able to be act as an official photographer for this world famous wedding?! :)

  • Love that city SO SO SOOOOO much. Looks like you guys are having fun!

  • London is my favourite… give it some love for me!! Your pictures of it are a beautiful taste for me this morning!!

  • These are so wonderfully gorgeous :) London looks like so much fun. I have been dreaming of England lately :)

  • Ok, your blip about the girl on the train singing Avril Lavigne totally made me laugh! Enjoy your trip!

  • Micah

    jamie!! you are so lucky! it’s been a dream of mine to go to london and looking at all your pics makes me feel like i’m there! loved the photos of all the clothes in the street!!!

  • I love this post! My mouth dropped when I saw those racks of lacy flowey tops. So gorgeous. Someday I shall go there, too.

    Have lots of fun with Kristen. I’m so excited for you two! Soooo excited.

    P.s. you made me laugh about the Avril Lavigne :) …ugh.

  • Hahaha. I take the train to work, and things like this happen all the time!

  • BAH Ha Ha! I laughed so hard about the bit about tagged photos – seriously ROFL!!!! Enjoy London and keep the photos coming, they are phenomenal! xo*S