5 Books That I Am Currently Reading – Part 2

Two years ago, I shared a list of books that I was reading to keep me motivated. You can find the list here.

I have to admit, since then, my reading habits haven’t improved, but I do try and read when I can. Or shall I say, listen to books when I can?

Seeing that a lot of us around the world are going through some form of isolation and quarantine due to corona virus, I thought I could share with you a few books that I have found to be interesting.

And the best thing is you can either listen to them using Audible or read them via your devices using Amazon Kindle, Rakuten Kobo, Apple Books, Googles Books, etc. You don’t have to have physical books delivered to you especially now that alot of places are on lockdown.

So, here goes my 5 books that I am reading:

Book #1Taking Up Space: The Black Girl Manifesto for Change by Chelsea Kwakye and Ọrẹ Ogunbiyi

I am reading the physical version of this book as part of my evening routine before I sleep. It is a book of young black girls finding themselves in white dominant academic spaces and the challenges they faced. It is a book about their experiences and how they navigated through these spaces. It is about finding ones voice and giving hope to those that follow, that it is ok to question and challenge in order to make the changes that are needed within these spaces.

Book #2Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

I bought this book for my kids, my daughter especially. It is a well written book by Academy Award-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o with illustrations by Vashti Harrison. This book is all about colourism and loving yourself despite what shade your skin is. A story about self-esteem and true love for oneself from within.

My daughter really loves this book, that she chose it as her book for this year’s World Book Day. She was so proud to take to school to show it to the rest of her class.

Book #3Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women by Otegha Uwagba

I can’t remember how I came about this book, but I can tell you it has certainly helped me navigate the world of working in the creative industry. From building my brand, public speaking tips, money management skills, going back to school to refresh or learn new skills, etc. are some of the gems this little black book has. It is one of those books that I keep referring too for ideas and as I have the kindle version of it, I get updated versions for free. It is more for UK readers, but I have sure there are a few things you may find useful even if you don’t live in the UK.

Book #4The Photographers’ Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas Edited by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern (No Kindle Edition)

As a photographer, I can sometimes feel like my mojo to take pictures wane. This book has a few tips and ideas on how to get you motivated with ‘new’ ideas for photographic projects. This is one book that I have decided to make up with notes and circle the ideas that I know I would like to attempt. It is a book full of photographers and photography professionals giving their ideas on improving on your practice as a photographer.

For example: Tim Barder’s topic Findings suggests you “Find someone else to take your photographs for you. Tell them what you are looking for, and see if you can find it in the photos they take.”

Book #5Studio Anywhere: A Photographer’s Guide to Shooting in Unconventional Locations by Nick Fancher

I really welcome this book seeing that I will have to result to working from home for the next few weeks. It has good examples of photographing in tight and weird spaces especially around your home to get the photographs that you want without have to spend so much hiring a studio. You can do so much with very little is more or less the gist of this book.

And there you have it. I hope this list inspires you to read or try new ideas.

What books will you be reading in the coming weeks?

Which books have you read that you would recommend I check out?

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My 10 Favourite Photos from 2010-2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

To wrap up the 2019 and the decade, I thought I should share with you 10 of my favourite photographs from 2010 – 2019. I have lost a few photographs over the years to damaged hard-drives and memory cards, but we are still here taking pictures.

And in that spirit, I will share one photograph from every year – not an easy fete. This will be a mix of personal, press and projects that I have photographed in this decade.

2010

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The start of the decade started with me planning a wedding that ended up not happening as later on that year, I became a mum. This is me in a hospital a few days after giving birth to my son. I have to give thanks to God as it was a very difficult birth that I ended up in HDU for a few days. I barely remember holding him the moment he was born. So this photo is a reminder to cherish every moment.

2011

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This photo of Shingai Shoniwa was taken at the movie premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 at Westfield Stratford Center. On this day I was lucky enough to be in the press pen for this movie as I was excited to be photographing movie premieres. I was not in the best of spots, but I am glad that I had my ladder with me on the day. I have chosen this photo as it was published in Ebony Magazine the following year. I have since stopped photographing premieres.

2012

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One of my highlights from 2012 was, of course, being part of the Olympic Games as a volunteer. I was part of the Opening and Closing Ceremony performers and this is me at the end of the closing ceremony event. I somehow managed to sneak in my Kenyan flag and camera so I could document as much as I could of the event. Later on that week I found out that I was accepted into University to start my degree in Photography. And yes, I still have some of my costumes from the ceremonies. Did you know that these costumes are currently on display in the Museum of London as part of their permanent galleries?

 

2013

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The year that I went to Moscow for the Rugby Sevens World Cup. I love travelling, but I don’t get to do it as much as I would like to. This trip for me was a testament that I should just do things even when it seems impossible to do it. A lot of people at the time were asking me what I was doing in Russia as the country is not known for its friendliness, but truth be told I enjoyed my stay. Even though I have picked a happy moment from 2013, it was also the year, I ended up in Kenya twice. Little did I know that the first trip was a goodbye as the second, I went to bury my grandmother.

2014

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One year to go before the RWC 2015 / England 2015 rolled into town. I was so excited as I am rugby fan and I wanted to be able to document the events leading up to the matches. I even did a video for my YouTube channel looking back at my favourite photographs from this event. One of the reasons I love photography. Ohh, this photo was taken literally a few months after I gave birth to my daughter. At this point, I was back in Uni and doing a few freelance photography assignments just to get back to the swing of things.

2015

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Another travel photo on the Dublin ferry, that time when I travelled to Ireland via SailRail for the Rugby Sevens Women’s Qualifier as Kenya Lionesses were playing. I took this as an opportunity to travel and see another country that I have never been to. Ireland is beautiful and I vowed to myself that I should make another trip, but this time with my kids.

2016

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This year was a very interesting year. I was meant to graduate from University, but I decided to defer my dissertation module and I ended up exhibiting my ‘Women in Sport’ project with my class. The little sacrifice I had to make as a mature student who also happens to be a parent. Truth be told, I was struggling to keep up with my assignments at this point and I really wanted to graduate with honours. Let’s just say, after this exhibition, I did not touch my camera for at least 3 months. I was done at this point. Then again, looking at this photograph is reminds of how far I had come since I started the course not knowing what the future holds.

2017

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I just have to share this awesome picture taken by my fellow photographer and friend, Beatrice of Benedetto Photography. I finally graduated with honours from University with a BA in Photography. All the hard work boiled down to this day. There were a few disappointments, like my family (mum and bro) not being there, but I had my other family present on the day. I even managed to document the day for my channel. You can watch the video here.

2018

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2018 was a year filled with new beginnings. My daughter started big school and since I was not working, I decided to go back to University for my Postgrad studies. This is a photograph I took as part of my course. An ongoing project called, “See, To Be Seen.” I walked around London photographing tourists and how they interact with the spaces they occupy. Seeing as I love to travel, I would like to photograph tourist behaviour in other cities as part of this project. So, watch this space.

2019

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This is a photograph of my mum with her grandchildren in Szczecin, Poland. This was a surprise trip. First time travelling with both my kids out of the UK. My daughter’s first time flying and the first time my mum saw her. This right here was an epic trip that I never thought would happen. One of those moments that when I said I was going to Poland to see my mum, people would wonder why for obvious reasons.

If there is a reason to love photography or why I took this as my profession, I think looking back at these photographs sums it all up.

Here is to the next decade – CHEERS!

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