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.

3 New Updates

Hello Happy People!

I am back!

I decided to take a brief break after finishing my latest 30 Day Photo Project in June as I was so exhausted. I honestly believe that I had blogging burnout as I only had a month to gather my thoughts after the April Edition.

During that break I decided to switch things around here and this brings me to…

Update #1 – New Website

Well, technically, I just switched to a new theme for my website to make it look more polished. This is something I have been thinking of doing for quite a while. There are a few things I still need to clean up, but so far I am happy with the way things are looking. I will be adding more work in the coming months now that things are slowly going back to ‘normal’. What do you think of the ‘new website’? Leave a comment below.

Update #2 – Second Runner-up

As I was taking and sharing photos for the June Edition of the 30 Day Photo Project, I decide that I should turn the camera on myself. During this period, HOME by Ronan McKenzie had an exhibition on The Self Portrait and as it was coming to an end, they decided to have competition on self-portraiture. I entered one of the images, this one, and it came second runner-up 👏🏾 😅. Something that I never expected, but it was such a great feeling especially when I was really struggling to come up with ideas every single day.

Jennie Baptiste had this to say when she selected my photo:

The depth of the B/W portrait, the inner hues of the tones sync in within the pose of her body language, is beautifully captured.

Thank you Jennie and HOME by Ronan McKenzie!

Update #3 – Annual Collaborations

I have now made the decision to be collaborating with other photographers on an annual basis and I will be doing this every April. This will give me enough time to come up with ideas and topics to collaborate and share during the April Editions of the 30 Day Photo Project. Collaborations will be the main focus, with the format interchanging between still images and video. I am currently working on the idea for April 2022 and I will be sharing the details on this later this year. If you would like to take part or know someone who might be interested, please follow me on Twitter and/or subscribe to my blog to receive those updates.

And there you have it. The 3 Updates that I really wanted to share with you as I am now back to my weekly blogging schedule. And yes, the 30 Day Photo Project will be back in September and it is going to be a really tough one to work on. 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.

How to Support Black Women Photographers

Hey Happy People!

It’s a new month and here in the UK, it is also Black History Month.

For this week’s blog, I am going to be cheeky and ask for your help.

Back in July, a fellow photographer, Chin We, created this fundraiser to help freelance Black UK based women documentary photographers who have been hit hard financially because of Covid-19.

So far, the fund has raised just over £3,000 of the £20,000 target.

I read in a research conducted by the University of Stirling in the UK and the World Press Photo Foundation in 2018 that only 1﹪of participating photographers classify themselves as Black and this makes you wonder, how many of them were women?

Full research can be found here.

We are certainly living in a crazy & difficult time, but the work must go on.

So please, if there is one thing you can do this month is to give back by donating or sharing this relief fund. Sharing is free, but donating even much better.

Click here to access the GoFund Fundraiser page to donate or share as it will be closing at the end of October.

For all those who have donated already, THANK YOU 🙏🏾

Disclaimer: This post will be removed after the fundraiser concludes.