3 New Winter 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, project or interview on my blog. This tends to be new or old work that I haven’t shared before (to my very unreliable knowledge, at least). Last month’s edition was one I enjoyed doing even though I was a bit scared to share those images.

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

Update #1 – Screenings

As may know by now, I took part in a Black women’s art festival together with 16 other amazing women. This annual festival celebrates the beauty of Black culture, identity and heritage. “Ife Nkili” is a phrase from the Igbo tribe in Nigeria that means “Beauty to Behold”. The festival was supported and funded by Arts Council England and curated by Chin We.

The festival premiered on YouTube on the 14th of October, but since then it has had successful screenings on Twitter Live, Everyman Cinema Broadgate and The Hackney Social.

If you missed any of those screenings, you can now watch it on-demand via Vimeo.

Update #2 – Newsletter

If you missed my post last week, I mentioned that I now have a newsletter. In it, I will be sharing with you any updates and events all in one place.

You are welcome to subscribe as I will be publishing each issue on the 13th of every month.

Update #3 Print Shop Launch

I have now set a date for when I will be launching my PRINT SHOP.

This will happen in the Spring of 2022.

I am a firm believer that now I have set a date and put it out in the world, I cannot back out of my own word as I have put off launching the shop for the longest time.

One of the reasons, however, was the lack of manageable funds to be able to upgrade my website to have the option to have this shop/e-commerce. I have set up a ‘support me’ page to make this possible.

So, if you are in a position to support me in any way, please do by donating or by simply sharing the donation link. With just over 50﹪ raised, every little action helps and I will be forever grateful for the support. 🙏🏾


And there you have it. The 3 Winter 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 April 2022 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 make it happen and your support is always welcome.

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.

Chinese New Year 2013

Event: Chinese New Year
Venue: West End and Chinatown – London
Date: 10th February 2013

The Year of the Snake was celebrated in style in London as the Chinese community celebrated their new year.

There was a parade in the streets of London around the Chinatown and a hive of activity in Chinatown itself as visitors flocked the area to get into the spirit of the Chinese New Year celebrations despite the cold and wet weather.

Chinese New Year 2013
Canon 7D with Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 EF-S lens.
Exposure: 1/350 at f/2.8 (ISO 400) Focal length: 50mm

 

Chinese New Year 2013
Canon 7D with Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 EF-S lens.
Exposure: 1/125 at f/2.8 (ISO 250) Focal length: 21mm

 

Chinese New Year 2013
Canon 7D with Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 EF-S lens.
Exposure: 1/180 at f/4 (ISO 400) Focal length: 28mm

Gallery Access

Eid Festival 2011

Date: 24th September 2011
Venue: Trafalgar Square
Time: From 2pm – 6pm
Entry: FREE

This festival celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr, the Islamic holiday marking the end of fasting for Ramadan.
Trafalgar Square’s Eid Festival showcased a range of entertainment reflecting the diversity, culture and languages of London’s Muslim communities.
The main stage featured live music covering a range of forms, both traditional and modern. Artists included the hip-hop performers Akeem and MC Quest-Rah, the reggae-fusion of Rakin and the internationally acclaimed Sound of Reason from Canada.
In addition you could hear Nebila’s acoustic jazz, Naseeds from the Islamia School Choir, Raouf’s Arabic, African and Western fusion as well as Nasheeds from Suhail Ahmed Qadri and Mohamed Madadi.
There were also guest appearances from Zee TV artists Jernade Miah, Shide Boss, Ramzi and Abbas Hassan.
There was fun for the whole family, including a children’s area in which to sample scouting activities, souvenir stalls, traditional Eid festive food as well as the opportunity to sing to camera!
All were welcome to attend Eid Festival, which has grown to become one of London’s cultural highlights, attracting crowds of over 25,000 people.

Chaudry Tiara Bus
The Chaudry Tiara Bus being admired by visitors at the festival.

Quest Rah
Quest Rah performing at the festival. You can find a clip of him here

Compere Asad Shan introduces Pavan
Compère Asad Shan on stage with Pavan, the Guinness Record holder of the fastest henna artist.

You can find more pictures here

Malaysian Night Market 2011

From 15.00 – 22.00hrs on 23rd September 2011, Trafalgar Square was transformed into a Malaysian Night Market. This market after a long year campaign by Malaysia Kitchen brought about educating its visitors about Malaysian cuisine. This was a free event organised by GLA and Mayor of London.

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The 2012 Olympic countdown clock with the Malaysia Night Market stage in the background.

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Food stalls showcasing various Malaysian cuisine

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A variety performer doing a Malaysian ‘Tortoise Dance’ on stage.

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Traditional Malaysian Dance

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A Malaysian Traditional Dance/Singer entertaining the crowd.

You can find more pictures here