Appreciating your city

April 2, 2017

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Appreciation for my hometown is easily forgotten. When opportunities come in to create content on the blog, this time with Hummel, my initial thoughts are usually ‘where am I going to shoot?’ London, Manchester, Bournemouth… and forgetting the city I live by.

I instantly dismiss Leicester, but with so much time spent on trains recently, a new urge to produce content in the city has arisen. I’ve had many a conversation with Nat about Leicester and the fact there isn’t many places to shoot, but now I’m thinking if it is down to us restricting ourselves to the main part of town and not visiting elsewhere and the outskirts.

This post has allowed me take in more of my nearby surroundings. Going left where I would usually go right, walking that extra five minutes around an area where I’d usually dismiss as ‘there’s nothing down there’ and thinking about things differently.

Determined to leave the jacket at home and make the most of the sun, I was wearing all black to optimise every ray I could. A waffle-knit from Urban Outfitters on top and some slim fitting 510 Levi’s down below did the job. Not forgetting the new Hummel Stadil RMX to keep me on the move. Of late all I seem to be wearing on my feet are trainers and I don’t see this changing as we move into *hopefully* warmer weather.

I’m always sharing my ambitions with you to make content as good as it can be, but that no longer means having to travel far every time to achieve this.

My trainers actually informed the starting point of our day. The Hummel branding and sport detailing made me think of modern spaces and clean lines, something we wanted to seek out to start our shoot. I think it taught us that there’s more to our own city than we thought, as well as pushing us to maximise the spaces we did know of.

With this in mind, one new area we found ourselves in was close to the university and the café Northern Cobbler. This coffee shop is one that I have always chalked off as too far out of town, but it’s been my loss all this time. The light this place gets in the late afternoons made it the perfect spot for one last coffee before finishing up and heading back home.

Photography by Natalie Jade Reading

This post was created in partnership with Hummel, however all views about my city and Hummel are my own.


  • Reply Liam April 9, 2017 at 10:10 am

    I’m the same when it comes to appreciating Swansea. There’s so much beauty here and things to do, but since I’ve lived here for almost 24 years I seem to forget it. Easy to do!

    Also, I loved your style in this post and totally agree trainers are the best! I wear trainers and chelsea boots all the time, guilty.


    • Reply Jordan Bunker April 15, 2017 at 9:54 am

      Yes it is easily done, but the fact that we both recognise that there’s much more to our cities than meets the eye is important. I’ve only visited Swansea once, so maybe I should revisit the city. Trainers are my go-to, especially as I find myself heading outside more as it’s getting warmer and wanting something comfortable for the whole day.

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