Victor Huang Photography
21Jul/142

Oxford Study Tour UK Day 11-12-13

I know it's day 14 here. I apologize for not updating the last couple of days. I have had a feeling of winding down on this trip since it is the last week. In addition to that, since I'm taking two classes, I have had to buckle down and read and do work instead of running around the town.

On day 11, we went to London. In the morning we went and did door to door witnessing and also handed out tracts on the streets to invite people to a church. We got a lot of doors shut in our faces and a lot of people refusing us, but some of the group were able to have good conversations with people.

Afterwards, we went to visit the British Library which had some amazing pieces such as the magna carta and a lot of original documents. I especially loved that they had orignal pieces of music from a lot of famous composers such as: Bach, Debussy, Handel, and Chopin. I have played piano pieces by them when I was younger and it was cool to be able to see some originals by them and see their notes and scribbles. We weren't allowed to take pictures.

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After the library, we traveled to the British museum, which is HUGE! This place cannot be explored in one day. There is just too much history and culture in this place. It was pretty crazy how much they had. We got to see the rosetta stone and some walls from Ninevah. I spent the majority of my time in the China section (hah). They had a wonderful and full exhibit of pottery. I did ceramics in high school and it was one of my art passions in high school. It was nice to be able to see their techniques and how they did everything so perfect and with such precision....crazy!

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In the evening, we were released to either go back to Oxford or stay in London. A group of us stayed to watch Les Miserables. It was worth the money spent. It was done so well and with such emotion and passion behind.

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We arrived back in Oxford well past midnight. The next morning, we headed back to London for some more evangelism.

Afterwards we went to visit Westminster Abbey and was blessed to be able to see some things that we were normally not able to see. We got to see the shrine of St. Edward the Confessor. Wow, was this church huge! A lot of dead people have been buried or memorialized there. It was a wonderful yet short experience as we had to get going.

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We were given the same choice to stay in London or go back to Oxford. I opted this time to head back to Oxford since I was exhausted. I went to bed early so I could rest. The next morning, I attended church at St. Andrews. I would classify it as a more evangelical anglican church. I attended the more traditional service and had a wonderful time. The gospel was preached and I was encouraged.

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The rest of the day was spent reading and doing homework. In the evening, we had a group worship night with Dr. Keithley  preaching a wonderful sermon on 2 Corinthians 4: 7-18.

Today is very similar in that I have been reading and doing homework. I kind of feel like this trip is winding down and I have to catch up on all the work I haven't been doing. Some might say that I'm not utilizing my time fully in the UK, but I feel like I have done so much that it is ok to have a couple of days of relaxation. This afternoon i'm going to go with a group to have a full afternoon British tea.

The rest of these pictures are just random ones from my iphone or camera that I have not posted yet.

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Thanks for reading. Tomorrow we go to a Roman town called Bath, maybe i'll go take a bath there...

Victor Huang

9Jul/141

Oxford Study Program UK Tour Day 2

I woke up really early, around 5 am (local Oxford time). I couldn't fall back asleep so I decided to go find a coffee shop and explore the town a little bit. I looked up a place on yelp and started heading towards there. It was nice to be able to walk through the town in the morning because it was deserted! I was hoping that local coffee shops opened up really early, but I don't think that that is the culture here. The grande cafe was closed! I will have to revisit it some other time. Apparently it's the first coffeeshop that opened up in England.

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So I found a chain coffee shop instead and read/did devotions for awhile before heading back to the college for breakfast. On the way back, I stopped by West Cornwall Pasty Company and grabbed myself a pasty. A pasty is a meat pie. I got a traditional pasty which is filled with: beef, potatoes, onions, turnip, with a little salt and pepper. It was delicious! I will definitely have to go back there to try some of the other pasty's offered.

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After breakfast, we went straight to lecture. Dr. Yarnell did a wonderful exposition on Matthew 18 and Mark 8 focusing on regenerative church discipline. It was fantastic. After the lecture, we had a tour of Regent Park's College and the Angus Library. Here is a selfie of me sitting on William Carey's deathbed...that's right, you read correctly. He died on that bed.

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The Angus Library and Archive was pretty awesome. They are the "leading collection of Baptist History and heritage worldwide". They had a little sample of Baptist things out for us to peruse through and see. If I remember correctly they have over 70,000 items in their collection. It's really cool.

I can't remember everything that they put out for us but they they had a tract by Martin Luther, a lot of Willliam Carey items (diary and bible, hair), a completed works of Paul Bunyan, church records and some really old books

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This is Regent Park's College's mascot, Emmanuel. He's a tortoise. They say he is over 80 years old! During the summer, he just hangs around the main courtyard doing his thing.

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After lunch, the group went on a walking tour of Oxford. We visited a lot of sites like the Oxford castle. I found a coffee shop that served expresso from a local roaster. Dr. Yarnell, our guide, is just full of information.

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This is Christ Chapel. It's pretty awesome and huge! I did a short timelaspe...it's my first one. I'm not happy with it, but i'll post it anyways.

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This is Radcliffe Camera. camera in latin means "room". Read more about it here
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This is the divinity school which is part of the Bodleian Libraries.
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This is the Oxford University Natural History Museum. Apparently they have the only remains in the world of the extinct Dodo bird.
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After dinner, Dr. Finn had a lecture on 17th century baptist life.

Tomorrow, we have a full day traveling. Here are some more random photographs from the day that I couldn't catagorize.

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Thanks for reading.
Victor Huang

15May/141

Maggie + Ethan // Engagement

Engagement sessions are always fun to photograph. Not only do I get to explore the city and see new places, there is no rush and no urgency to finish a shoot, like a wedding. Instead, I can take my time with the couple, making sure that each location is thoroughly explored. It was a beautiful sunny day with surprisingly cool weather. Crazy right? Texas weather around this time is usually getting hotter, but we have been lucky to have some cooler days. I was lucky to be able to photograph Maggie and Ethan's engagement photographs the weekend after their proposal. I really enjoy being able document a couple's story as they move towards marriage. If you guys haven't seen Ethan's proposal, check it out here.

For Maggie and Ethan's engagement shoot, we started out at the Seminary, moved to Trinity Park, then the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, and finished at the Methodist church downtown and Melt's yellow wall. Maggie and Ethan were both so photogenic and were pretty awesome at following my posing directions.

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maggie+ethan proposal-5Maggie wanted some pictures with a hammock, and I just fell in love with this series!

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maggie+ethan proposal-11Ethan is a funny guy, so we naturally had some fun.

maggie+ethan proposal-12going on an adventure!

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After Trinity Park, we headed to the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. Ethan was going to originally propose here. You can read more about that story heremaggie+ethan proposal-14

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maggie+ethan proposal-16It was really windy, so Maggie was constantly adjusting her hair.

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But when the wind died down, it was perfect!maggie+ethan proposal-18

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This yellow wall at Melt is so fun to take photographs at.maggie+ethan proposal-20

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