I’ve often mentioned how I don’t really love being in front of the camera. And as obnoxious as this may sound, different stages of our lives are part of a wider journey and right now my creative growth has allowed me to take comfort behind the lens. It’s hard to call myself a photographer because I feel that I haven’t really ‘earned’ that title yet. The appropriate, self-assigned title of ‘Instagram photographer’ seems a lot more suitable for what I do (don’t ask me what the real difference is because this is way more of a self-consciousness than anything else). Although it’s weird because I was never formally trained in art, yet I have no problem ‘labelling’ myself as an illustrator. Isn’t this such a distinct millennial issue? Through forging multiple paths in life, sometimes even simultaneously, you end up with a kind of jack-of-all-trades syndrome. I bet in ten years or less they’ll have a special name dedicated to the occupational condition that people like me are facing.
Back to the topic of photography, I’ve found that one of the easiest ways to meet other bloggers is through using your talents to collaborate and help each other. It’s one of the best methods of getting settled into London or probably any city if I were to move in the future. Some of my friends ask me why I’m taking the time to produce material for someone else, rather than use the time to work on my own ‘brand’. The truth is that my ‘brand’ if you can even call it that, will always be rooted in joint projects. It will never be just about me because I don’t see this blog’s future as my singular voice. I am constantly and consciously influenced by everyone me.
With that in mind, here’s a roundup of the shoots that I’ve done this summer with three beautiful ladies I’ve met from Instagram, in London:
Shloka of @thesilksneaker
Thais Gomes of @taislany
Nengi of @runwayribbons