2017 | Bampton and Highclere Castle 

Bampton-in-the-Bush and Highclere Castle were both featured on the TV series Downton Abbey. As a fan of the show, I made sure to visit these locations while in the United Kingdom. We stayed for about an hour in Bampton, and just walked around the village looking for some of the locations used in the TV series. I spent most of my time taking photos of St. Mary the Virgin church and its graveyard.

Highclere Castle was used as the main setting for the TV drama, Downton Abbey. I was obsessed with the show. On the weekends that I worked, I remember rushing home on Monday mornings so I can watch the latest episode. It was also one of the few shows that both my parents and I liked. Photography is not allowed inside the castle, since it is still where the Earl of Carnarvon and his family lives. The castle tour took less than an hour, and we spent the rest of our visit roaming the castle grounds and gardens.

All photos taken with a Leica M6 with a Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35/2.5 on Arista Premium 400 (expired)

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Walking up to St. Mary the Virgin Church
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Church graveyard
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Church graveyard
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St. Mary the Virgin Church interior
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St. Mary the Virgin Church
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Highclere Castle
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Front door
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Castle Tower
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A last look of the castle

2017 | Oxford, UK

We spent a few hours walking around Oxford on a gloomy Thursday morning. There is so much to see, but we only stayed for a short time. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to visit it again. Here’s some of favorite photos from that day.

All photos taken with a Leica M6 with CV Color-Skopar 35/2.5 on Arista Premium 400 (expired film)

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Starting the morning with a cup of coffee

 

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Passed by this window everyday on the way to and back from the tube station
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Earl’s Court Vespa
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Somewhere in Oxford
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Somewhere in Oxford
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No Visitors at the Radcliffe Camera
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Radcliffe Camera
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Christ Church Meadow walk
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The Meadow Building at Christ Church College
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Oxford walls

2017 | Windsor, UK

We left London Paddington at around 10  in the morning and boarded a train bound for Windsor and Eton Central Station with a train change at Slough. As we were coming close to the castle, I noticed a long line of people trying to purchase tickets. From the admission center, the line went all the way down the Castle Hill and into High Street. We booked our tickets online weeks before our visit, and were directed to a much shorter queue. We spent over three hours going around the Castle and went to the Long Walk afterwards. We visited some shops and the St. John the Baptist Church along the way.

All photos taken with a Leica M6 with a CV Color-Skopar 35/2.5 PII on Arista Premium 400

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London Paddington
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Train change at Slough
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Admission Center at Windsor Castle
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Walking up to the Castle entrance
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Making our way to Queen Mary’s Dolls’ house
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A last look of the Round Tower before making our way to the Lower Ward
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One of the many shops in the castle
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The Windsor Guildhall
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Walking down High Street
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St. John the Baptist Church grounds
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St. John the Baptist Church
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St. John the Baptist Church
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Irish Guardsman Statue
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Finally made it to the Long Walk
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At a shop in Peascod Street
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Windsor Royal Shopping
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Windsor Royal Shopping
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At Slough, waiting for our train back to London
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London Paddington
 

2017 | London, UK

We arrived in London on a sunny Tuesday morning and stayed in the neighborhood of Earl’s Court for the entire duration of our vacation. Since it was still too early to check-in at the hotel, we ended up walking around the area looking for a place to eat and decided to visit Kensington Palace after lunch.

We took the District Line to Kensington High Street, and explored the area for a little bit before making our way to Kensington Palace. It took us nearly 3 hours to go through the royal apartments and the Palace exhibitions. We made a quick stop at the gift shop and spent more time walking around the White Garden.

All photos taken with a Leica M6 with a CV Color-Skopar 35/2.5 PII on Arista Premium 400

 

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The ride to Earl’s Court
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Walking around Earl’s Court
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Heading to Kensington Palace
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Please keep to the path
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Kensington Palace entrance
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The Queen’s Apartment
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Princess Diana exhibition
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The White Garden
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The walk back to the tube station
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Waiting for the District Line
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Heading back to the hotel
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Nevern Square

 

Heritage Square Museum

These photos were from a roll of film that sat in my freezer for over two years. I finally got around to mix up the Unicolor C-41 kit that I bought a year ago and process a few rolls of film.

The Heritage Square Museum is home to Victorian era buildings that were saved from demolition. 

All photos were taken with an Olympus XA and expired Kodak Hawkeye Surveillance film

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2016 | Guillermo del Toro Exhibit at the LACMA

A few months ago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art held the Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters exhibition. The items on display included his notebooks, drawings, paintings, film stills, and maquettes. The exhibit ran for a few months, but I only went to see it on its last day. It was crowded but was still fun. I spent about 90 minutes going around the exhibition floor, exploring the the different themes (e.g. death and afterlife, magic, monsters) and learning about del Toro’s inspirations and creative process.

All photos were taken with a Leica M6 /Canon LTM 50/1.4  on Arista Premium 400 (pushed to 1600)

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2016 | Arts District Walk Highlights

One afternoon in October I spent an afternoon walking around the Arts Districts. It was a nice day to be out and I had a great time taking photos and looking at murals and different public art found throughout the area.

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3rd St. and Traction Avenue | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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The One with the Bubbles by Kim West | Canon Elan 7E | Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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The reasons remain somewhat mysterious by Kim West | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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Cafe Entrance | Canon Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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Arts District Brewing Company logo | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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Totoro at the Arts District | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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Art Share LA | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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Artists’ Studio at Art Share LA | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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The view from the window at the  Artists’ Studio  (Art Share LA) | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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Found in one of the street corners |  Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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La Abuelita by  El Mac, Augustine Kofie and Joseph Montalvo | Canon Elan 7E/Kodak Elitechrome 400 (cross-processed)

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