While I was in Europe, I shot sixteen rolls of film on my camera in six months, and in twelve or so different countries. I didn’t mark any of them, so when I returned to the U.S. I had no idea which roll of film was from which trip, but now that I have money to develop all this film I’ve been choosing a couple rolls at random and letting myself be surprised by the result. Now I’m kind of glad I didn’t have the forethought to mark them! Here are some images from the first four rolls!
London, United Kingdom
I am not a collector of touristy baubles, but I am a collector of maps. Whenever I travel somewhere I always pick up a tourist map for navigational purposes, but I always end up keeping them because I’m borderline obsessive about maps, and I find tourist maps in particular to be really interesting. There are always little visuals for tourist landmarks and sometimes different areas of the city are color-blocked, and it’s just fascinating to see how different the layout of each city is and, as a result, how stylistically different each map is. Since coming to Europe, I’ve become increasingly enchanted by metro maps; they’re such amazingly intricate systems, and I love how the map’s interwoven tendrils of color visually convey that. As I said before, BORDERLINE OBSESSIVE. Nevertheless, here are a few maps from my collection.
1 & 2: Paris. 3 & 4: Barcelona. 5 & 6: Rome. 7 & 8: London Tube. 9 & 10: 360° view from top of London Eye. 11: Berlin. 12: Berlin S-Bahn and U-Bahn.
Since I didn’t get to spend Thanksgiving with my loved ones this year, or get to eat a Thanksgiving feast, or really even celebrate it at all, I decided to treat myself to a Thankgiving weekend in Barcelona. And boy, was it wonderful! The weather was so warm and it was so sunny, and the people were some of the best I’ve met in Europe so far. Everyone was so kind and helpful and wanted to help you learn their language. If I had the opportunity to live in Barcelona, I’d do it in a heartbeat.
See more of my photos from Barcelona here.