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.


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Setting Up My Old APS Camera – Canon IXUS M-1

I cannot remember my first ever camera, but I do remember I bought it back in 2000/01 from a supermarket as I purchased my groceries. All I knew is that I wanted to document my life away from Kenya.

Later on, when I had enough money, I decided to get the Canon IXUS M-1 and it was my first Canon brand film camera. It is an Advanced Professional System aka APS camera and quite popular at the time of purchase as the film was quite different and I just had to have one. I am actually quite surprised at myself for keeping the camera for this long and in good condition too. Here is a video of me setting the camera up for the first time in 10+ years. ✌🏾

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Life Update: 3 Reasons Why I Haven’t Uploaded in Awhile

Life happens/happened or should I say I was busy adulting. Anyway, here is to being more intentional with my YouTube channel and then some 😬😂🙈

Although I have uploaded two more videos since this one, I just wanted you to know that I am here, mistakes and all and I am doing it. So please head over and do not forget to…

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‘One Two Three Swing’ at TATE Modern & River Thames Stroll Day Out

Hey Beautiful People,

I know, I know…I have been AWOL, but adulting has got me focused on anything else other than updating my blog / socials.

But…I am back.

Please forgive me if I do a little bit of catching up with what I have been up to and I will start with an activity I did with my family back in February during the school half-term.

The weather in London suddenly got a break and there was not a cloud to be seen in the sky. It was cold, but the sunshine was glorious.

AAAAANNDDDDD…..LONDON IS BEAUTIFUL when the sun comes out to play.

So, my family and I went out for the day. I love art installations and Tate Modern had a very interactive one called “ONE TWO THREE SWING” by Danish artists’ collective called SUPERFLEX. You can read all about it here.

After visiting Tate Modern, we took a stroll down the river side of the Thames and we found that the tide was low and we could actually go down to the banks. This for me (and the kids) was a first and it was nice.

All in all, I didn’t know how the day would turn out, but I managed to capture a few pictures and some footage for my Youtube channel. So here goes…

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St Paul’s Cathedral – Up close and from a distance. Told you London is beautiful when the sun comes out to play.

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One Two Three Swing Installation in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern – I just loved how interactive this art installation was and I wish there are more like this in the future.

The kids enjoying the artwork. It was actually kind of fun swinging with another person. See me having a go in my video below.

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This huge ball was actually swinging above people sitting on the colourful carpet as part of the installation. Pretty cool stuff!

If you haven’t been in the Turbine Hall in Tate Modern, this part of the floor slopes. If you watch my video, you will see my kids actually rolling down it. The Turbine Hall is a very impressive space even when it is empty. You can just get lost in your thoughts in whilst you are in there. I just love it!

Last shots of the day…

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The skyline of London with St Paul’s, The Leadenhall Building aka “The Cheesegrater” and 20 Fenchurch Street aka “The Walkie Talkie” seen on the horizon.

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Looking back at these images just reminded me of how much I love photographing London. I even started a series of images under Snapping London and I think I will definitely get back to it. This one of St Paul’s that I shot back in 2009 as part of the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk, brings back awesome memories of just being in the moment and meeting new people with similar photographic passions.

Do you think I should revive my Snapping London series?

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Lumiere London 2018

This is an annual event that happens in January in London. In 2018, the art light installations were up for four nights from the 18 – 21 January and they were switched on from 5.30pm – 10.30pm.

This year, the family and I braved the cold streets of London see the light installations. Looking at the Lumiere London map, I settled for King’s Cross area as it was an area where we could see a few installations and the station wasn’t far. Just incase the little legs of my babies decided enough was enough. We were meant to go to Trafalgar Square, but the cold, cries of “I am hungry” and the crowds just let that plan slide. There is always next year…no?

Here are a few shots I took of the installations and a vlog with more. So, scroll to the end to watch it and ENJOY!

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IFO (Identified Flying Object) by Jacques Rival (France)

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Waterlicht by Daan Roosegaarde (The Netherlands) – this was one of my favourites.

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Entre Les Rangs by Rami Bebawi / KANVA (Canada)

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On our way how, the tunnel to the station had this wall of light. I wasn’t sure if it was part of Lumiere or not. It was cool though!

What fun and exciting things are happening where you are?

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