UK-based Black Women Photographers – Print Sale

“Today is a great day to buy prints from Black womxn photographers.”

Polly Irungu, Founder of Black Women Photographers.

For the month of October, U.K. members of the Black Women Photographers are selling their prints via Darkroom with 50% of the sales going to the artist and 50% to the BWP operation and programming.

Three of my prints are included amongst other amazing photographs.

Browse the whole collection by clicking the link below:

Here are my prints that are on sale (click photo):

Please show your support by sharing the print sale link and if you can, purchase a print. Thank you!

Black Women Photographers was founded by Polly Irungu in 2020.

Follow Black Women Photographers on Twitter and Instagram to see more brilliant work.

#PrintSale #HireBlackWomenPhotographers 

3 New Autumn Updates

Hello Happy People!

I am back to my weekly blogging schedule!

If you are new here, every month with 30 Days (you know, April, June, September and November), I share a daily photo on my blog. This tends to be new or old work that I haven’t share before (to my very unreliable knowledge, at least). Last month’s edition proved to be a very tough one. I really did not enjoy working on it, but I came out of it with the following lessons:

  1. Never give.
  2. Keep creating
  3. Don’t overthink it.
  4. Experiment.
  5. And if all else fails, it is ok to let it go.

And with that said, here are my 3 updates of things that happened whilst I was doing the #30DayPhotoProject.

Update #1 – Exhibitions

This year alone has seen two of my photographs exhibited in Berlin and New York. I honestly did not anticipate this to happen as when I submitted the images, the last thing I was expecting is for them to be shown in a physical space outside of the U.K., where I reside.

In Berlin, I exhibited this image as part of a video installation by The Journal Collective for their ABOUT LAST YEAR – LOCKDOWN PHOTOGRAPHY at Willy-Brandt-Haus. I have to be grateful to Ana Nsue to whom I was connected to by Ben Roberts, for visiting the space and documenting my work in the space.

This exhibition ended on the 19th of September 2021.

©Ana Nsue

In New York, the founder of the Black Women Photographers, Polly Irungu, curated this exhibition on ‘Self Preservation’ to be showcased at the 10th anniversary for the Photoville Festival.

A photograph that I took earlier this year was picked to be part of the first ever physical group exhibition for BWP. As I am unable to travel, I am super grateful to Michal Petros for documenting my work at the festival.

This exhibition is ending on the 1st of December 2021. So if you are in New York, please do go and see it, take photos and tag me on Twitter and Instagram.

©Michal Petros

Update #2 – Guest Editor

Earlier this year, I was asked by Shaun, founder of the The Black Gaze, if I would like to be a guest editor for their monthly newsletter. I have to admit that I almost refused to take this on as I was nervous and didn’t know what to do or expect.

And I guess this is the self-doubt creeping in and making me think I cannot do it.

Anyway, I summed up the courage and did it anyway and took this an opportunity to amplify a few photographers from Kenya whose work I admire in the ‘Discover’ section of the newsletter.

I am so grateful that Shaun and The Black Gaze gave me the space to engage with their audience.

You can read the newsletter that I edited here.

I would also highly recommend signing up the newsletter and if you are or know a Black photographer, why not reach out to them or answer their Q&A.

Update #3 – Online Festival

This month will see me and 16 other creatives showcase our work in an online festival curated and presented by Chin We.

This will be an annual Black women’s arts festival celebrating the beauty of Black culture, identity and heritage. “Ife Nkili” is a phrase from the Igbo tribe in Nigeria which means “Beauty to Behold” supported and funded by Arts Council England.

The festival will premiere LIVE on YouTube on the 14th of October 2021.

UPDATED 14/10/2021: This festival has now ended.

And there you have it. The 3 Autumn Updates that I really wanted to share with you as I am now back to my weekly blogging schedule. And yes, the EK13 / 30 Day Photo Project will be back in November and it might just be another collaboration. Stay tuned!

See you next week! ✌🏾

If you have reached here, thank you for reading my blog post.

Drinking loads of tea/coffee makes it happen and your support is always welcome.

Exhibition: Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi at Tate Modern

If it wasn’t for a friend reminding me of this exhibition, I would have missed seeing it completely. I am so glad that I did manage to catch it before it ended.

Most exhibitions that were ending around March/April were extended to the end of May and this is how I managed to see Zanele Muholi’s at Tate Modern. Tickets were selling pretty fast, but I was lucky to get one at a time I could go when the kids were in school and still have enough time to commute back home to pick them up.

Muholi’s exhibition was HUGE. There was so many things to see – prints, publications and videos. This exhibition was a collection of various projects they have worked on over the years as a visual activist and they still continue to document the LGBTQIA+ community in South Africa.

I spent just over 2hrs in the space with most of it watching the videos. The longest one being Sharing Stories, where eight participants of this video shared their stories about their lives and experiences living in South Africa as part of the LGBTQUIA+ community.

I did a vlog of my visit to this exhibition, but it is not the same as being there. The video and photographs shared here is just a glimpse of what was showcased and it is one of those exhibitions that is a must see in person.

CW: The exhibition contained themes of sexual discrimination, hate crimes and racism. Sexual images were also present, but I tried as much as possible not to include them in my video and photographs due to their sensitive nature.

The exhibition was on from 5 November 2020 – 31 May 2021.

If you have reached here, thank you for reading my blog post.

Drinking loads of tea/coffee makes it happen and your support is always welcome.