London Aquatics Centre

London Aquatics Centre, 2019

I really do miss taking my children here for their swimming lessons. They are open now, but I wasn’t happy with the conditions they set in place for lessons due to the pandemic, so I cancelled them.

I shall revisit this decision to take them back next year. For now, school is the only ‘crowded’ place they will be going to.

First Takeover of the Year

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And most likely the only one of the year!

Hey Happy People,

I missed you all last week. I didn’t put up a post as I….well, forgot. Whoops! ๐Ÿคญ ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

I was also busy wrapping up an Instagram Takeover I did at the Women Photograph London Chapter account as I am a member of Women Photograph.

Takeovers are hard work, but fun if you prepare for them. I was asked to do this takeover around June, but I refused for several reasons. The main ones were I wanted to do it on my own terms and also, I was a mess mentally due to academic, pandemic and systemic pressures. So it didn’t feel right for me to do it at the time. I asked if I would do it in September once I finished my studies and that’s what happened.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to share seeing as I haven’t really done much work for the last year or so. Then, I decided it would be a good chance to share the projects I worked on during my MA.

Project 1 – “See, To Be Seen”

Project 2 – “Marinated Hymns”

Project 3 – “Not Good Enough”

Project 4 – “Comfortable in Our Skin”

I noticed that a-lot of people who study photography do not go out of their way to say that the projects that they are sharing are the ones that they worked on when in university. I found that to be a bit odd, but at the same time I get it. By saying that you worked on something while in campus, people might not take you seriously in your practice as a photographer, but isn’t that why you went to school for? To be able to produce work that you are mostly proud of, so why not share it? And this is why I decided to share my work and state the fact these were the projects I worked on in university, in my caption.

Hey Happy People,

Elsie @ek13_photos here taking over the @womenphotographlondon account this week.

I am a Kenyan born photographer based in London, UK. and I will be sharing with you projects that I worked on as I studied for my MA in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the University of Westminster.

Anyway, the takeover ran for 5 days and I was posting only twice a day. You can head over to the Women Photograph London Instagram page to check out the work. I will also be uploading the projects on my website in due course with the exception of “Marinated Hymns” which is already up.

Are you on Instagram? Have you ever done a takeover?

#IGTakeover

New Month, ‘New’ Intentions

Hey Happy People,

Guess who’s back from a month long blogging break?

(points to self) ME OF COURSE!

I bet you all missed me or not, but that is ok.๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

Well, if you read my last post, you will know I was not really taking a break, but busy putting the final touches to my final submission for University. So technically, I am official done with being an academic student.

I.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ AM.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ DONE.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

I has been a long journey to get myself educated and I can safely say I have come out the other side of it exhausted, but grateful for the lessons that I have learnt over the years.

I am not sure if I feel the same way as when I submitted the dissertation for my BA – wrote about it here – but the feeling I have right now is certainly up there.

And I am not going to bore you with a list of things I have learnt being a mature Postgrad student with two kids. Just know it was an itch that needed scratching. Only this time, it took two years of scratching and trust me, I am done. I am not going to miss the deadlines and I will certainly not miss writing academic papers. Those for me were the worst and the feedback I got reflected that, but we moved regardless (always wanted to say that๐Ÿ˜ ).

Having said it, I am back to blogging here once a week, unless I have a daily photo challenge and we all know those don’t even involve loads of words. Now you know why.

Also, I have decided to not come back and do the September Edition of the #30DayPhotoChallenge as I am going to take the month to ‘rest’. This way I can plan for the next edition coming in November. I would really like this to a thing where I take the months with 30 days in the year and make them challenge months and get other people involved as well.

So, let me go catch up on all the TV, senseless or otherwise, that I have missed over the last few weeks as I concentrated on my finals and I will catch you all on my next blog post.

Which shows should I be binging on? Leave a comment with your recommendations. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ โœŒ๐Ÿพ