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From The Wilderness to the Kennet Island

by Eugene Tumusiime  from England

the-wilderness
The wilderness by Eugene Tumusiime

Moving to a new town really takes you out of your element, especially when you rarely ever leave your university campus. I go to the University of Reading, England and 5 months into my first year it hit me that I barely know the town. (Or the city. Nobody really knows which one it is.) As a photographer, this is a cardinal sin.

Oh, and before you continue reading, you have to know; I play with colour a lot.

chalkboard-cafe
Chalkboard Cafe by Eugene Tumusiime

To make up for this, I threw on a Tame Impala album and had a walk around Reading. My photo walks usually have no real final destination; as long as I can retrace my steps and my phone has enough charge, I’m good. I started at The Wilderness, a gorgeous woodland area on my campus that looks beautiful even with withered trees. Getting there at the break of dawn made for some breathtaking shots.

escaping-the-town
Escaping the town by Eugene Tumusiime

After my brief adventure there, I made a stop at the Chalkboard Cafe for one of the nicer Rocky Roads I’ve had in my lifetime and a chance to relax, go full-blown red flannel hipster and edit some of my shots. It’s cosy there, I could easily see that becoming my regular hot chocolate stop.

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Riverside houses by Eugene Tumusiime

A short bus ride into town later, and I was at the real starting point of my journey, the River Kennet that runs right through Reading. I have a thing for rivers. The gradual transition from urban sprawl to riverside calm really sneaks up on me, there’s nothing like reaching that moment where I can’t hear a car for miles.

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Kennet development by Eugene Tumusiime

So naturally, you can imagine my surprise when I see a giant crane and two half-built office blocks in the distance. It made for a good shot, so I investigated.

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Kennet Island by Eugene Tumusiime

This was part of a neighbourhood called Kennet Island, a recently-built upscale neighbourhood just outside of town featuring a hotel, a nice plaza and some of the most beautiful buildings I have seen in my life. From here on in, this place will be referred to as Architecture Photography Heaven.

dealership
Dealership by Eugene Tumusiime

Have you ever been to a place so beautiful you felt like breaking into full on song-and-dance like no one was watching? A spring in my step was a serious understatement. The place was almost deserted, but I imagine that the few people that saw me taking pictures thought I was either carrying out reconnaissance or high. It felt like both, to an extent.

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Pretty in pink by Eugene Tumusiime

Unfortunately, my phone was running out of charge so my daydream was cut short. I left Architecture Photography Heaven with the biggest smirk on my face and my own perfect photo spot. You might “know” your town, but you might not have a real appreciation for it. Maybe on a sunny day, or whenever you see a river, take an hour, throw on your favourite album and just take a walk in any direction. 

You never know what you might find.

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