The UK, Instagrammed

I present to you my past month’s adventures in England and Scotland, via iPhone 4.

With the exception of a handful of shots, most of these are Instagrammed. We spent the past month with family in Kent and London; friends in Oxford; university friends on a beautiful estate near Inverness, Scotland, for the New Year; and circles of friends — from Egypt and other places — throughout London.

I did a few things for the first time: wore a kilt, went clay pigeon shooting and shot a rifle, sipped whisky I actually liked (Dalwhinnie), ate pheasant, and more. I loved catching a good friend from college during a night of soup dumplings in Chinatown, and staying with one of my husband’s good friends in Islington, which is a lovely area of London (and has a tiny but solid pho shop).


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Scotland (Near Inverness).

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Kent (Maidstone/Leybourne).

Other Places Caught with My iPhone:

Published by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Senior editor, Automattic. Editor and curator, Longreads.

37 thoughts on “The UK, Instagrammed

  1. Some familiar sights here – London, Oxford and Kent are all places where I’ve lived. Maybe they’re too familiar to me – I really struggled to take pictures while I was back home in the UK. I’ve enjoyed looking at these places through your eyes.


    1. So nice to see a note from you here, Jon. My husband said a similar thing to me — it’s challenging for him to see the places of his childhood through fresh eyes.

      Glad to see you back in Vietnam!


  2. Wow can’t believe these are from an iPhone! (well, I am a Blackberry user so that might be why). I especially love the colours seen in Inverness. I hope you enjoyed my home country 🙂


  3. Perfect. I’ve been considering a cool way to display photos on wordpress, this is exactly what I was looking for. I’ll have to give it a go!


      1. Fab! I’ll definitely check that out. I enjoyed all your pictures of the UK. I moved out here (from NorCal too!) almost one year ago and I’m still learning and finding new things. Looking forward to seeing your next adventure. 🙂


  4. Hey Cheri – WOW
    I have never used instagram but love photos and you have taken some beautiful shots and as others have mentioned some interesting shots / angles.
    Love – The Tube In London, Coloured Lights Under Bridge in London, Through The Window in Scotland & the Donkey at Leybourne.
    I may have to look into instagram after seeing these, you kept this skill quiet !!
    lovely to see you, speak soon – say Hi to Nick
    Jay, Nat & Jacob xxx


  5. I enjoy your photos. The shots that you choose are not “hey I have a phone and I can take a picture.” They’re very inspired, clever, and show some real thought. Rare on the Internet these days.


    1. I appreciate this comment. I know some people dismiss Instagram because it can churn out images that are quick, mundane, and meaningless. But I think you can use the app to create imagery that’s thoughtful and interesting.


  6. Love your evocative photos! Especially the ones from Scotland this round. There is one of a man standing in the road. For some reason, I am taken with that shot, among others. Feel a story is there.. might be a prompt one day if I may use it…


    1. How interesting that particular shot stands out to you. My husband and I were with friends, heading down to a waterfall and river. Not sure what he was thinking at that moment… Thanks for the comment!


  7. I just love the pictures – you think of taking things and angles of things that I would never think of and you manage to capture the essence of a place. xx


  8. Love all these, but most of all I like how you can see where I grew up (Leybourne & Maidstone) through fresh eyes, and present my past – and present? – to me anew.


  9. I liked the way the clusters of pictures appear to the viewer here–classic modern city, classic scholarly haunt, nature and rustic idyllic habitation. Maybe it’s just me! Rich.


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