Bajan Blog Bow | Part 1

Hey guys,

It has been a few weeks since I last blogged on here owing to the fact I have been busy with travel and work commitments; but I am happy to say my travel blog post on Barbados will be arriving very soon. I am in the process of shortlisting and finalising the visual content which will feature before "green-lighting" the post.

Keep an eye out for that!

Best,

R

Amsterdam Aperture

Amsterdam 2016.

It was quite the trip I must say; especially getting to grips with the Amsterdam culture, lifestyle, and remembering that “forward” is on the right hand side of the road and not the left as it is here in England!

I spent an amazing few days there in the Dutch capital, and come leaving day I did not want to go home! Below I will share with you a few of my favourite captures from the trip. Captures are specifically from iPhone (6S+ model) as I did not take my DSLR.

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Mother

It's not often that I do family posts on R.I.D, but here is a monochrome photo of my mother I took exactly a week ago. 

 My mother, Bethnal Green, London

My mother, Bethnal Green, London

I took the candid photo on our way out of Liverpool Street station via Bethnal Green. Let me know your thoughts on this capture :) 

R

Overground at Highbury & Islington

The other day I was on a connection into Shoreditch High Street station via Highbury & Islington and I captured this near monochromatic shot on board the London Overground. 

 Near monochromatic times at Highbury & Islington station, London

Near monochromatic times at Highbury & Islington station, London

Tubular Perspective

I think it is rude not to get a platform capture when heading for your train ;). I have taken this photo at Charing Cross tube station. 

 Along the platform at Charing Cross tube station, London

Along the platform at Charing Cross tube station, London

I completely removed all saturation from the photo except for the platform artwork as I found quite an interesting contrast between its colour and the monochrome of the rest of the photo. I welcome your thoughts. R

Lambeth Palace for The Prince's Trust

As I am associated with The Prince's Trust; I had the privilege of being invited along with other associates for their 40th anniversary celebrations at Lambeth Palace. I was there on behalf of my fashion brand Labels Are Limitations®. This took place on 28/06/2016.

Below is my capture of the palace. Let me know your thoughts.

 Lambeth Palace, Lambeth, London

Lambeth Palace, Lambeth, London

I also capture the clouds on exit from the grounds about 9pm

 Facing Lambeth Bridge, Lambeth, London

Facing Lambeth Bridge, Lambeth, London

Returning Back Home - To A Degree

Wow!

I have been away from blogging recently, but am back to recently relay about how much of a pleasure it was to be invited back to my old university to give a talk to students about my creative journey at their Creative Careers Fair.

 I haven't yet managed to get a picture of me talking, so here's a pic of the Creative Careers Fair brochure.

I haven't yet managed to get a picture of me talking, so here's a pic of the Creative Careers Fair brochure.

As a proud University of Westminster Alumni, having graduated with my BA (Hons) in Architecture, I never imagined that I would be the other side of the microphone giving a lecture/talk to students. However, there I was a week ago talking to aspiring Creatives about my journey from my early years; to school/university study; and onto transitioning into the working world...

I opened by explaining who I was, what I currently do, and why I was there. I then progressed to talking in depth about my creative journey starting from my younger years when I had a huge fascination with Lego, Meccano, and Play Dough – using it to create structures. This led to my secondary school years (11-18) where I had a strong affiliation with subjects including Design Technology and Art. My enjoyment of these subjects subsequently led to a degree in Architecture and the Built Environment where the course content reignited my love for graphic design and incepted my love for photography!

Furthermore, I explained to the students in attendance how graduating, searching hard for a job, and then initially having a few stints of work experience led to me deciding to create my own experience by becoming a Freelance Graphic Designer & Photographer – of which we are on the website which forms the basis of my trade. I showed my website to the students who were intrigued as to how I went about creating this and what was my inspiration for certain works I have done? My answer to this was “fate” as I myself never envisaged a decade back that I would be freelancing! I have also started my own fashion brand Labels Are Limitations® which is a constant process of evolving over time – including loads of trial and error, ensuring that the correct designs are produced and that the market (my targeted audience) responds to such designs in the right manner!

My main focus was to give students – who wonder where to go next following university – some inspiration! This is whether they will seek employment or whether they will want to [like me] start their own business. I wanted to let them know that I am still on the “creative-ladder” constantly trying to improve and that like me, they the students must not give in! It’s never easy...it can be real stressful sometimes...but perseverance is the best way to approach anything!

Keep going!

R