करिश्मा का करिश्मा
the miracle of karishma
Collaborating with other creatives is always such a joy for me, even if it's just me photographing them. There's always something to learn from them and they bring a different energy to the set. This is one of the reasons why there has been a steady shift in the kinds of people that I photograph.
Among the many talented people I have shot over the last few months is this beautiful soul, Karishma. She is a visual artist and photographer with an exquisite eye and impeccable taste. We have worked together in the past and owing to how we got along so well, unknowingly we became good friends.
In the past I've noticed that I tend to over-explain my photography, but I'm starting to understand that less is more is also well applicable in this scenario. What I will say though, is that in my recent work, I've been exploring ideas on representation and identity. From there, it's now reached a point where I'm questioning how our reputations paint an image of us and how that differs from the gaze in which we put ourselves in. It's an ongoing dialogue I've had with myself and others involved. Learning this way through photography and interactions with my subjects is definitely a new experience and I can't wait to see where it takes me next.
SOME SERIOUS THROWBACK IN EAST LONDON:
WANDERING IN VINTAGE, SHOOTING IN ANALOGUE.
HOLD ON TO THE MEMORIES, THEY WILL HOLD ON TO YOU.
In the blink of an eye another year has passed and it's New Year's Day again. While party season carries on in full swing around me, it's the time of year where I reflect on the months gone by and set personal goals and targets for the upcoming year. 2017 has been an incredible year of highs and lows and learning experiences. There were many instances when I felt dejected and low, in several aspects of my life (personal, professional and academic) - I was ready to give up time after time. By some miracle I managed to pull through and, looking back, I'm so glad that I never stopped and kept going. What's for certain right now is that I couldn't be more grateful for all that has happened.
Some pinch-me moments of the year include when my photography was featured on a Vogue.com article, when the Evening Standard decided I'm among the top 25 influencers to follow in London, when I survived university and when I was asked about empowered dressing by the Huffington Post. I mean... somebody pinch me! I'm always learning and growing as a person and it's such a blessing to have you with me on this journey. I truly am thankful from the bottom of my heart for all the support I've received, whether you've been following from the start or if you've just stumbled across FixatedF recently. Here's to a 2018 full of prosperity, mindfulness and emotional stability. Thank you and I love you.
JAZZ UP YOUR LOOK WITH LAYERS
THAT YOU ALREADY HAVE
In the last couple of months I've started to distance myself from the fast paced world of fashion and social media in order to focus on mindfulness and being present. When you work in close proximity to the fashion industry, it's scary how easy it is to get conditioned into a mindset where you're always thinking about your next move. This is not to say that I'm not interested in fashion anymore, but rather that I'm more aware of things now which has ultimately created a shift in my consumption behaviour. Something that I came across recently and really enjoyed was Sarah Lazarovic's "Buyerarchy of Needs" - and I'm happy to say that everything in this look was put together with pieces I've had in my closet for a while now, including this £1 vintage trench coat. In fact, I've worn this entire look several times and even posted it here previously.
A lot of times when my friends are putting together looks for a night out or special occasion, I always hear "I need to buy..." - I'm here to tell you to take a second andrethink that statement. An easy way to put together an exciting look is through monochrome dressing. It elevates your ordinary pieces instantly. As extra as I can be with what I wear (case in point here, here and here), even I can't be arsed to wear a statement piece every single day. There are times where I barely have a second to think as I rush out for my day. By simply pulling pieces from a similar shade of colour - be it red, grey or camel - it's a surefire way to make heads turn when you're walking down the street.