First Takeover of the Year

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And most likely the only one of the year!

Hey Happy People,

I missed you all last week. I didn’t put up a post as I….well, forgot. Whoops! 🤭 🤦🏾‍♀️

I was also busy wrapping up an Instagram Takeover I did at the Women Photograph London Chapter account as I am a member of Women Photograph.

Takeovers are hard work, but fun if you prepare for them. I was asked to do this takeover around June, but I refused for several reasons. The main ones were I wanted to do it on my own terms and also, I was a mess mentally due to academic, pandemic and systemic pressures. So it didn’t feel right for me to do it at the time. I asked if I would do it in September once I finished my studies and that’s what happened.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to share seeing as I haven’t really done much work for the last year or so. Then, I decided it would be a good chance to share the projects I worked on during my MA.

Project 1 – “See, To Be Seen”

Project 2 – “Marinated Hymns”

Project 3 – “Not Good Enough”

Project 4 – “Comfortable in Our Skin”

I noticed that a-lot of people who study photography do not go out of their way to say that the projects that they are sharing are the ones that they worked on when in university. I found that to be a bit odd, but at the same time I get it. By saying that you worked on something while in campus, people might not take you seriously in your practice as a photographer, but isn’t that why you went to school for? To be able to produce work that you are mostly proud of, so why not share it? And this is why I decided to share my work and state the fact these were the projects I worked on in university, in my caption.

Hey Happy People,

Elsie @ek13_photos here taking over the @womenphotographlondon account this week.

I am a Kenyan born photographer based in London, UK. and I will be sharing with you projects that I worked on as I studied for my MA in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the University of Westminster.

Anyway, the takeover ran for 5 days and I was posting only twice a day. You can head over to the Women Photograph London Instagram page to check out the work. I will also be uploading the projects on my website in due course with the exception of “Marinated Hymns” which is already up.

Are you on Instagram? Have you ever done a takeover?


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