MY FIRST TIME IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.
Jason and I flew in from Cologne, Germany where we attended Photokina. During lunch at photokina, Jason encouraged me to take photographs with my cellphone. Being quite smug, I expressed how I wasn’t really into it. It was in that moment that Jason hit me with a hard truth.
“Em, quit being a photo snob!” - he said.
A few moments of silence passed and I let that comment sink in. I did not like what he said at all and he could most certainly tell. “I hate taking cell phone shots”, I shared. The quality, the simplicity, the lack of thought.. all of it really just bothered me.
“So you’d rather miss a moment than not take a photo at all? That’s the epitome of foolishness, Em.”
He continued to express how this life simply moves too fast and we can’t always have our gear out, especially if we are going through a city in one short day, even several hours. And - he was absolutely right. Jason and I went drove through five different European countries back in August and I hardly captured two of them, merely because I chose not to shoot with my phone. Foolish I was. Jason continued to tell me that one day I will appreciate it. Despite the quality, I’m going to want those memories. As much as I didn’t like that conversation, as hard as it was to hear, it really resonated with me- because he was right, I have no images of beautiful Prague, Zurich, Lucerne, Stuttgart, Hungary, Poland.. and that makes me sad. I’d rather swallow my pride than let these incredible, once in a lifetime moments pass me by. So, here’s a selfie in Scotland.
Right Hand Drive
How strange! There undoubtedly were moments when Jason attempted to open the passenger door for me and I’m trying to get in on the driver’s side. This took some getting used too! So nonetheless, we drove to downtown Edinburgh and I felt so funny sitting on the left but not doing anything. It was like I was floating in some weird space craft.
As we drove downtown, I couldn’t take my eyes off the architecture. The entire city was made of brick buildings. It felt like such a nice place to be. Extremely classy and yet welcoming. Our first stop was at Greyfriars Kirk. Jason and I grabbed a bite to eat and then walked around to snap some pics on our phones.
Due to our fantastic experience with tow trucks - we added more pounds to the parking meter and continued our stroll. This time through the cemetery.