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Uncertainty, in the presence of vivid hopes and fears, is painful, but must be endured if we are to live without the support of comforting fairy tales.

Nik thanks for sharing your account of cancer, sharing this is the least I can do.

Bad To The Bone

The above passage from a book called ‘A History of Western Philosophy’ by Bertrand Russell jumped straight out at me as I scanned across the pages. I recall being half way through a seventy-two-hour chemotherapy cycle, I was bored, pissed off and was just doing my best to pass the time when I was stopped in my tracks by this passage. For some reason those words had evoked a sense of calm amidst a whirlwind of frustration and anger.

My name is Nikky Gibbons, I’m thirty-two and have had to battle cancer twice in the last five years. One thing to note is that I’m not usually very open or forthcoming when it comes to expressing my feelings or sharing my experiences. But it had been pointed out to me that I had been through a fair bit the past five years and by sharing my story I hope…

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International Women’s Day 2017

Today is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is Be Bold for Change I am going to revisit some photos taken for a project I created last year for IWD.  I had all bold ideas to do another photography project based around this year’s theme and  my health has not allowed.  Then one of my  comrades said it not about one day but making a difference everyday.

I put together a photo montage and it included about 25 portraits and I couldn’t of done it without the help of Thomas, Tim and Ian.  I added some music called Self Reflect Jared C Balogh.  I will be revisiting a number of projects and shots taken and reflecting on how far I have come as a photographer.

My pledge for this year is:

#BeBoldForChange and …

  • raise women’s visibility as spokespeople in the media

How better than taking photos of women and telling their stories.

Throwback Thursday: Moseley Road Swimming Baths 

Back in February Friends of Moseley Road baths invited IgersBirmingham to capture Moseley Road Baths.
The baths are due to close soon, leaving the area having to travel to Sparkhill baths when they reopen.

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If you haven’t been to Moseley Road Baths the Friends are having a community action day on Saturday 18th March and more details can be found here for more information.  It will be a shame to see this building close.

Thank you IgersBirmingham for the opportunity to capture this beautiful building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be Inspired – Kizomba, Semba & Ginga Workshops 

About this time last year I contacted my friend James to ask if I could take photos at his “Be Inspired – Kizomba and Semba Workshops” It’s been one of the scariest photo opportunities I did last year.  How do I freeze movement, how do I make sure the images are clear. I was shooting with both a Fuji Finepix bridge camera and a Canon 400D.

Fast forward just over a year and I have the opportunity to capture another one of James’s workshops.  I prepare myself to shoot at the same venue as last year, anticipating the lighting and what shots I want to get and the venue changes.  Calmly I make sure I have my external flash and extra batteries.

I got to the venue, with time to take some test shots with my Canon 1300D and introduced myself to the teacher Maria.

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I really like these shots.  The guys were busy setting up the music for the party night Testa Com Testa that follows the workshops.

As people started to arrive I started to wonder around and so people would feel at ease with me taking photos.  I found out that people had travelled from London and Bristol to attend the workshops.

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I really enjoy challenging myself as a photographer and these workshops are a great opportunity to do that.  Everyone is so friendly.

 

 

Maria will be hosting a Kizomba festival in Germany at the end of March click here for more details.

James will be hosting his own festival in Sardinia more details can found here about Sardinia Afro Beach Festival – The Kizomba Festival of Friendship.

Thank you again James.

Throwback Thursday

Last weekend at the street workshop with Kris Askey, I remember listening to a conversation about revisiting your photos.

I started taking photos just before the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012, as I wanted record moments that would never happen again.  I am so proud to of been involved in the Paralympics as an official at the wheelchair basketball tournament.

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I printed this shot and love it.

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This was underneath the extra seating at the aquatics centre.
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I bought a Fuji Finepix bridge camera and all shots in this blog post were taken with it.  I had no real clue how to use it so kept using the auto settings.

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Opening ceremony at Paralympics 2012

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 Hindsight is a wonderful thing and if I knew what I know now about photography, wow. I hope to share some more shots from my archives.  You can find more of my shots on Flickr 

Street Workshop with Kris Askey & IGersBirmingham

When I start writing my blog posts I always struggle and this is the same with my photography.  So when I found IGersBirmingham on Instagram and started going to some of their meetups I started to move out of my comfort zone and challenge the type of photos I shot.

Today was no different.  I kept thinking what if I don’t like any of my shots, I hope no one takes my camera.  Will I have the confidence to give street photography the justice it deserves.   Oh well lets go and see what a Street workshop is all about and listen as well as learn.

Kris Askey kindly gave up some of his time to talk us about how he got started, what fuels him to take the shots he has.  Kris captures some amazing moments and people, last year he shot an exhibition for Birmingham Children’s Hospital which could be viewed in the streets of Birmingham.  After some advice on taking shots on the street, we went out to take our own shots.Poppybead Creative, #igb_meet_street

Here’s one of my first shots, I like the whole view of taxi versus bicycle.  I could of been closer , but I like this shot.

 

 

 

 

These shots were some distance away  or blurred to have any real impact in my view.  But I am happy to share them.

 

 

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I liked these last  three shots when I took them, but I could of had better angles.  Enough of the critiquing, the shots below I am happy with, so enjoy.

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Once we had been out shooting for an hour, we met again and Kris edited some shots.

The opportunity to see Kris edit shots taken by fellow IGers was really useful.  This workshop has given me a kick up the bum to keep challenging myself, try something new & consider printing some of my shots.  So yet again IGersBirmingham and Kris thank you so much.

Kris has an exhibition starting on the 18th February at Park View Gallery in Kings Heath for a month.  So if you want to see and buy prints from Kris go along and support.

 

Birmingham Online Seller Meetup 

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After my listing some of my stock on Ebay and not doing very well at all, I decided I need to do some research.

I got some really honest feedback from my previous post about Ebay.  Also the realisation that the amount of items I have to sell at any one time makes me a very little fish in huge pond.  For some time I have participated in online networking hours across the West Midlands.

A week last Sunday I came across an online sellers meetup event in Birmingham via #BrumHour.  I headed over to eventbrite and signed up.  The event was free and so had nothing to lose.

The weather in the evening was very different and I did think about going home to be dry and warm.  There was an opportunity to network before the presentations.  First was Abdullah from Plentymarkets and then Prabhat from Online Seller UK who organised the event.

Another realisation I made was I don’t know much about online retail.  I spoke with a guy who does drop shipping and yes I did Google it when I got home.  I spoke to another man who sold headscarves and a couple who sell body stickers. I did speak to some other people and I was prepared with my business cards.  I was able to pull up some of my product shots and got some nice feedback.  I was also asked by a lady who does video production how do I manage what I do alongside my day job?  I don’t know!  I think if you enjoy what are doing, you will make time.

I learnt a lot about selling on Ebay and Amazon and at this point in time they are not selling platforms for me. I will revisit them in the future. For now I will go into the sunset with my 105mm lens to take more photos.

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It’s the end of January already!

This post was due to be published on Tuesday but the photos wouldn’t load.

Today was the last day of January and it’s always welcome.  Mainly because it’s the first payday after Christmas and my birthday.

I thought I would share some photos from this month.

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This poster was designed by Tracey Emin for the 2012 Paralympics in London.  I find the words meaningful.

Igers Birmingham had their first meetup of the year in Deritend, the weather was poor but there was a great turnout of people.  I have been able to challenge my photography through these meetups and meet some lovely people.

I upgraded my phone and these last few photos were taken with my phone, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

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These two photos were taken on different days.

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I love reflections and I am sure there will be more over the year.  Enjoy February.