Eighteenth century British author Saumel Johnson was quoted saying, "By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show."
This blog is the culminating document of a two week study abroad experience in London. Photographic, printed works, and this blog were produced as a result of this exploration. The course was designed to merge photography, letterpress, cut-and-paste, journaling and bookmaking techniques, with the cultural experience of the city. Students researched, observed and immersed themselves in art and culture through site visits, discussions, workshops, mapping and the pure adventure of being-in and visually exploring the city.
Niku Kashef, Instructor
Graham Moore, Instructor
Graphic Design 2750
Woodbury University, 2010
Arundel is a great place to visit and was one of the Highlights of my trip. The castle we visited is home of the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk. It was built in the 700s and was renovated constantly up until 1648. The castle was by far one of the most interesting things i could have seen.
Throughout the trip I looked through the viewfinder of my camera. As an architecture student I could not help but fall in love with the variety of different styles of architecture. The contrasting styles sitting next to each other were spectacular. Even on the east coast of the United States there is no where that you can find 500 year buildings contrasted by the modern marvels of today.
Looking back on this trip I would have to say that if I had not gone my life would have definitely been missing something. My trip to London this past summer inspired me to make my decision to work towards and go accomplish my masters degree and live in London.
So, It's my last day here in LONDON! It's been a great journey, full of unforgettable memories. The only regret is not spending my pounds wisely. haha. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the company of my fellow Woodbury classmates. There were some ups and downs, highs and lows, and times of feeling dead tired. Walking around London, I realized that the world really is a small place. Many of my classmates met people that were from California and some of them even ran into people they knew. It was crazy. It only took a day to get accustomed to the vast city of London. It felt so much like LA. The best moments for me were the photo exhibitions. Exposed at the TATE MODERN, Sally Mann at the PHOTOGRAPHERS GALLERY, and the Wolfgang Tillman at The SERPENTINE. It was amazing seeing work by artist that inspire me to take photographs. The 3-day letter press workshop was also another favorite. The simple Galley Press was my favorite thing to use. I couldn't stop thinking of things to do with it. London is a great city and the small things make it better. The pubs, the laughs, the drinks, and the friends made this trip amazing. London should expect many more visits from me in the future.
We were able to see many of the iconic landmarks and distinct aspects of London on our endless walks through the streets of London where locals rushed by and tourists roamed. The underground took us quickly to the many locations that we stopped to admire historic churches, vast castles, the infamous London eye, the towering Big Ben, and many other beautiful landmarks throughout the city and along the Thames river.The very first thing that I immediately associated London with was the rustic bricks that built a majority of the city. The unique colors and textures within these bricks were a form of art in themselves that held many stories of the past and revealed a sense of time. Unlike the urban sensation we live amongst on a daily basis, the city of London captured a sense of the past.
Being exposed to the variety of artwork within the galleries and museums we visited was an amazing opportunity and particularly inspirational. Simply walking through the streets of London was a gallery of local art in itself.The people of London and it's visitors also made this trip an amazing experience. There were so many friendly locals that shared London tips and tricks to making the most out of the city and what it has to offer. It didn't take long before I caught on to the London lingo. Cheers to the girl that fulfilled my coffee shop cravings; never had a better ice chai latte with "soya" milk.
I am more than grateful to have had the opportunity to travel to London and spend two weeks experiencing a new culture with friends from home, as well as the friends made throughout our time spent in the city. I feel as though I was able to grow as an individual by encountering an unfamiliar atmosphere and acquiring new skills. Traveling is a passion of mine, and this trip was a great way to begin the dreams I have always possessed.
While visiting London, I liked the fact that we were not in a major tourist area. It allowed for us the chance to roam the city like a local would. We would use the Underground as our major form of transportation and would often find ourselves alongside businessmen on their way to work. We would eat at local restaurants or pubs and listen to the locals talk amongst themselves, often times about the World Cup.
Even though we were allowed to act like tourists on the weekend, visiting the London Eye and Big Ben, it was great to get an alternative view of the city. It was so interesting visiting all the different galleries and observing the various styles of work that artists possess. The Sally Mann exhibit was my favorite. To see her work in person and witness the quality and the contrast of the prints was pretty amazing.
All in all I had a wonderful London experience. I was able to spend time with old and dear friends as well as make some new and exciting friends. It was definitely a great way to spend two weeks in London.Photo by: Naveen
London was no doubt the highlight of my summer... no, my year. It was my first visit to Europe and I wouldn't change a thing. Every day was an adventure; every view, an inspiration; every experience, a new one. I'm very proud of myself as I worked hard, played harder, and took advantage of this wonderful opportunity. I saw, I listened, I learned. In just a short amount of time, a little over two weeks, I could honestly say that even if just little bit, I grew as a person, as an artist and as a designer. Simply put, my visual & cultural experience in London 2010 was good times with good peoples & I miss it already.
My London experience changed my way of seeing the world. It opened my eyes in ways I would have never imagined. As this was the first time I have been out of the country in over ten years, I had some great expectations for both the city and for myself.
I was blown away. Not only did London live up to my anticipations, it induced much growth in me, personally. I can sincerely say that this trip has made me a better artist and photographer, a better designer, and a better and more worldly person otherwise. I had fun with my classmates, I had a great time meeting new people, and I got to see and hear and do things that, as a whole, summed up to nothing but an amazing visit.