10 Year Anniversary & How I Missed It

10 Years of Blogging

Whoa!

I was looking at my stats and I just realised that I started my blog, which later became part of my website, 10 years ago. The actual date that I wrote my first entry was in January 2009 and I completely forgot to commemorate this HUGE milestone.

I will blame it on the pressures of being a postgrad student.

In 2009, I had written 30 posts that amounted to 2,862 words and had 48 comments. Not bad for my first year in my new digs, huh?!

I have to admit over the years, I have really struggled with updating it as much as I would have liked, especially now with my attention being diverted to my social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram. And to top it off, I have to be a wife, mother and photographer.

That being said, I am now trying to hold myself accountable that I will keep updating this platform more. After all, it is part of my portfolio as a photographer.

Here is to another 10 years and hopefully a larger audience. CHEERS!

#LittleTriumphs

 

 

What’s New for 2019?

Hey Happy People!

I have been AWOL from here for a while. And it’s definitely too late to wish you all a Happy New Year at this point, but what the heck – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I have been busy adulting, being an MA student and just trying to keep my social media presence alive by post random content on my Instagram. Speaking of which, I started a more curated account where I can be posting photography work that I have been doing. You can check it out here and whilst you are there, why don’t you give us a follow – THANK YOU!

So, what is new for 2019?

To be honest, I have no clue what is in store for 2019. All I know is that I would like to be posting more here and share any photographs that I have been taking. I am thinking a revival of Snapping London would be a good start. I also need to replace all the images I lost since deleting my Flickr account earlier this year. So please bear with me on that one. I also what to shoot more film using my Canon AE1.

I am looking forward to sharing projects that I am still working on and developing especially as part of my MA in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism. I believe that what every project I embark on as I study will be an ongoing investigation into my practice as a documentary photographer.

Ohh yes, in case I forgot to mention it in my previous posts or if I did and you missed it, I am back at university pursuing my postgraduate. This is something I was talking about even before I finished my undergraduate studies. I decided to go back to the University of Westminster for several reasons really.

  1. Familiar grounds – I just felt at home there and it just made sense to me.
  2. Part-time option – There was no way I was going to do a one-year intensive course and still juggle motherhood, run a home, be a freelancer and adult all at the same time. Something had to give. So, being able to pace myself with an option to spread my modules into two years instead of one is a win for me.
  3. Alumni discount – hello, who doesn’t like a discount when it is being offered? This for me actually should be number one as the deciding factor. Just saying.
  4. Resources – Westminster has one of the best resources with a good collection of photographing books, a photography centre with dark rooms, studios and photography equipment that is mostly free to use as a student.
  5. Teaching faculty – a few notable names in the photography industry teach at Westminster with the addition of a photography forum where practitioners in the field of photography are invited to share their knowledge with the students as part of the Westminster Photography Forum.

Well, it has not always been rosy being an MA student now that I have survived my first semester. I have come to the conclusion that was already confirmed during my stint as a BA student that January assignment deadlines are the worst. Essentially, you are celebrating Christmas and New Years with this dark cloud hanging over your head and you still end up pulling all-nighters in the library just to get the work done on time.

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However, nothing feels good like finishing your projects and assignments on time and handing it in. You get to relax for a few days then start preparing for the next semester in the hope that this time around you will be more organised and prepared.

So in a nutshell, for 2019, there will be a lot of randomness on the blog with the revival of Snapping London as mentioned before, sharing of projects that I am working on and any assignments that I get up to this year.

What would you like me to share with you?

#2019andBeyond

 

I’d Rather Be…

Today is technically the first day of Spring and after a weekend of being ‘snowed in’…when it snows in the UK, it’s the worst as it doesn’t happen as often…but I digress.

As pretty as the snow is especially to take pictures in, I am not a fan of the cold.

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But now that the weather is warming up, no excuses, but to get out there and photograph right after I have finish editing said photos and videos.

So, if I could be anywhere else other than in front of my computer, I’d rather be outside taking pictures or travelling.

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#RatherBe

 

 

3 Things I Learnt in 2017

Well, hello everyone and welcome to my new looking blog/website.

Seeing that another new year is upon us, I thought for once it would be nice to just go with the whole, ‘New Year, New Website’ vibe. Yes, I decided to tidy up this place so that I could share my work side by side on the same platform as my blog.

Also, this year, I have decided that I will not have any resolutions. Instead, I will focus on just getting things done. Which brings me to the “3 Things I Learnt in 2017”.

Lesson #1 – Don’t Start What You Cannot Finish

This one for me is like kicking myself. I am always starting things and never finish. For example, this time last year, I started a photography challenge that would see me take a picture a week for a whole year. By now, I would have 52 photographs that I would be looking back on and reflecting on a job well done.

BUT WAIT…How far did I get with that one? I hear you ask.

Well, two weeks. I only lasted a measly TWO WEEKS. Yes, January was not even halfway and I already failed to literally commit to the challenge.

To be honest, the reason I started that challenge in the first place was to distract myself from doing my dissertation. I soon realised that it would not write itself and I just had to dig deep, stop procrastinating and get to it. By the time I finished with my paper, I was too bored/lazy to continue on with the challenge. So I shelved that idea.

Looking back, I have soon realised that I should not commit to anything unless I intend to see it to the end. And if this means saying no to anything that comes my way that will have an effect on this outcome, then so be it.

Which brings me to…

Lesson #2 – It is OK to say NO!

I am slowly realising that saying NO is necessarily not a bad thing. You may upset people along the way who may not like your answer, but at the end of the day, it is your decision and choice whether you want to honour someone’s request or not (within reason of course). Being a creative, I have reached a point in my life that I can’t keep saying yes to assignments/jobs just because I need to make ends meet. Most of the time, my heart and soul is not even there and I end up feeling terrible after the fact and end up doing something just because. JUST BECAUSE is not a good way to do something and you may end up not do it to the best of your ability. So, I just made it my mission to only do something that I know I can do and I will enjoy doing. No point wasting my time and yours if my heart is not in it and we all know, time is money.

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Lesson #3 – Never Stop Learning

In this day and age of the internet and social media, we are fortunate enough to have an abundance of resources to learn something new every day. Being a parent, I am also learning new things through my kids on a daily basis. So in essence, this is one aspect of life we cannot avoid, but as humans, we have the perchance to ignore it especially when it matters the most. So, if I see something I am totally interested in and don’t know how to do it or need more practice, I will ask someone to teach me or use the internet to know how. And, if relevant to what I am trying to do here on my blog/website, I will give back by sharing what I have learnt. I know by doing so, I will help someone come unstuck and grow.

Moving forward, I would like this year and the years to come to be my chance of self-improvement and investment so I can have a worthy result that I am happy and content with.

What lessons have you learnt in 2017 that you will take with you into 2018 and beyond?

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