Personal: The One That Got Away

As some of you may know, I am currently studying for my Masters in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism. Last year for one of my modules, Writing Photography, we did writing exercises and I am going to share with you one of them.

A Photograph That Only Exists in My Memory – The One That Got Away

It is 2009 and I am meeting a friend in the centre of Nairobi. I haven’t been in the country for almost a decade. As I stood outside City Hall, I remembered the number of street photographers that were always around to take a picture of you right outside Kenyatta International Conference Center. Always fighting for you to pick any one of them to take your picture outside this iconic building. One of the few around the city that allow photography from locals and tourists alike. Also, if you liked his style, you would be back for more photographs around the city in places like Uhuru Park.

Digital photography it seems came and changed all of that, coupled with the harassment from council officials. The city has certainly moved on since I have been away. The street photographers are no longer there and if they were, they certainly were not visible.

It got me thinking, what is stopping me from taking a picture of my friend outside KICC? After all, as shady as it seems, such photographs have a sense of history and nostalgia in them. So I kept waiting for him to show up and as soon as he did, we immediately headed in the opposite direction looking for a place to eat and catch up.

Days later, I was on a plane back to England.

#WritingPhotography

Personal: Do You Want Ketchup

Do You Want Ketchup, 2019

My series of photographing the mundane, yet everyday objects, continues. This is slowly starting to become a thing.

With every photograph that I take, there is a story behind it.

On this day, my kids and I went to the park as we had just bought a new bike for my son. We had not had lunch and it was getting pretty late, so we decided to go to the cafe in the park for something to eat. As we waited for our order, my children were outside playing.

Moments after I took this photo, I heard my daughter crying. She had fallen off her scooter. After I made sure she was ok, I told her to dust herself off and get back on it, but then the food was ready and we settled down to eat.

They had ordered their usual chips and nuggets.

#MundaneObjects

 

Personal: We Are Gathered Here

We Are Gathered Here, 2019

I love photographing the mundane.

I think it is because life nowadays seems to become too busy and distracting that we tend to miss things that make a chuckle a little bit. Things that make us pause and wonder. Things that just let us be in the moment of thoughtfulness and peace. Things that just let us be, us.

#MundaneObjects

Snapping London: Mushroom Bear

Mushroom Bear, 2019

Another one where I was running late for a meeting, but just had to stop and take this photo. The first one is here.

Technically, I was on time, but I ended up at a different campus to the one I was supposed to be at. So on my way to the correct address, I saw this on the boarding for a building under construction and it did make me chuckle. My bad/disappointed mood about finding myself where I wasn’t meant to be, lifted.

Is this becoming one of those, ‘late photograph’ moments but with a different meaning?

#SnappingLondon

Personal: School Pegs

Khai’s Peg (2019)

Makena’s Peg (2019)

I took these photos when I was in my kid’s school for their first open day. It is actually open evening as it happens after school where I get to meet their teachers and see how they are doing at the beginning of their current school year.

These are the pegs they use to hang their P.E. kits which they get to design their own name tags and I just love how cute they are.

#CreativeFamily