Matt Witmer


A Trip To London

Late last month, on a bit of a whim, I decided to take a 5 day solo trip to London. I had been once before, just a bit prior to their hosting of the Olympics in 2012, as a part of a class in my senior year of college and I fell for the city in a big way. I went with one real objective in mind: take photos.

Fun, super nerdy aside: In the run up to the trip I sent out a tweet asking for recommendations of spots to hit when in the city and I mentioned Disney Imagineer and future Disney Legend Joe Rohde (@joe_rohde). He had just been to London and posted a bunch of photos on Instagram that immediately made my list of must sees, specifically Sir John Soane's Museum. To my surprise, Joe responded back with even more recommendations, check them all out in the conversations here. Unfortunately, I didn't get to make it to any of them as my trip was just too short and the restaurants were booked up when I could make it, but next time that list is coming out for sure. 

Unlike my usual trips, this time I opted not to take my usual Nikon D800 kit. With all the security just about everywhere regarding bags and my general laziness regarding carrying ~4lbs worth of camera and lens around my neck as I'm running around town, I opted to rent a Leica M (typ 240) and a Leica Summilux-M 35mm. At half the weight and size of my D800 with lens, this turned out perfectly. So much so that I will be ditching all my Nikon gear in the next few weeks so I can switch to Leica, but more on that at another time.

Below is a fairly chronological look at my trip in photos from that Leica M with some captions here and there. I should also mention that on this trip I focused a bit more on street photography, something that I found infinitely more comfortable with the Leica compared to the big SLR. On to the photos...

Matt Witmer