Sunday, 7 August 2016

Academics vs Creatives

Don't get me wrong, I love a sudoku puzzle as much as the next person but nothing angers me more than an academic who has their head so far up their arse that they're using their lungs as a pillow. By this I mean the close-minded predisposition many have of a creatives dreams to pursue a career in this fabrication being constantly dismissed.

Why the sudden outburst you ask? Well let me fill you in. I've had a change in scenery this week which in turn means a different kettle of fish. With results day looming over us, I have been asked the question "So what's next?" at least 72284904 times. 80% of the responses (from mathematicians and pretentious people) I have had back from my intentions of pursuing photography have been monosyllabic to say the least. Not only did this majorly get me down but managed to have me overthink my entire life choices at 3.39am, then at 11am, then again at 4.36pm, and repeat. 

So after many days of overthinking and a little more overthinking, I have come to this conclusion; 
academic or creative, no matter where you interests, job prospects and hobbies lie, fuck it. Do what makes you happy, if you don't see yourself in what you're about to leap in then step back. In turn, if you see yourself thriving in what you're about to do then jump in with both feet first. Support and encourage the people around you. It's okay to fear the future because it's a whole load of unknown. Don't let other peoples opinions get you thinking what you know you do best. As the great Shia Labeouf once said; just do it. And that's all you can do.

I do feel a little like Shia Labeouf right now...

And for all my creative peeps who are constantly down-trodden by the close minded buffoons, get your camera, paintbrush, pen, sewing kit or whatever you use and tell them to suck it because we're great. I mean so are the nice, open minded academics - you guys know numbers and science and shit which is pretty cool.

Just keep an open mind. Oh and peace n love. 

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Monday, 11 July 2016

Reading the days away...

Inspired by the irreplaceable feeling you get once finishing an incredible book, I've decided to create a post entailing the classics (both literature and fashion) books I intend the read this summer.

My reading taste goes from the fashion book genre to shudder inducing thrillers to literary classics. So, I'm going to give you a taste in variety and expand your genre preference...

Must-read fashion/ photography books;

Vogue 100 (exhibition)
Alexander McQueen (exhibition)
Teen Vogue Handbook
Unseen Vogue
Coco Chanel "The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon"
The Portrait of a Photographer - Diane Arbus
How to be Parisian (Wherever you are)
Humans of New York - Brandon Stanton

Personal favourites:

Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
Before I go to Sleep - SJ Watson
Elsewhere - Gabrielle Zevin
The Perks of being a Wallflower - Stephen Chomsky
The Divergent Series (1000x better than the films) - Veronica Roth
Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green
Looking for Alaska - John Green

My summer reading list:

The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
Girl with a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier
The Portrait of a Photographer
Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Humans of New York

Any more recommendations?

Happy reading!

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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Existence Collection

A collection of images from my Editorial work; a narrative conveying the progressive existence of youth.

Head pieces; made by yours truly.
Location: Coventry Cathedral.
Models: Lara/ Alina/ Millie (check out her blog

Expressive existence.

Collective existence.

Caged existence.

Caged individuality.

Caged individuality.

Caged individuality.

Thursday, 23 June 2016


You've probably heard Kevin Murphy (abbreviated to KM) mentioned in this blog here and there. Not only are they an amazing hair care brand but have provided me numerous opportunities to be inspired and grow creatively.

My incredible mum is a stylist and educator for KM, explaining my non-biased love for the brand. This in turn means countless products delivered to the house, my favourite delivery being Kevin Murphy's own magazine "FREE.STYLER". Each issue entails aspects of fashion, events, performance and products that are affiliated with KM. Each issue is full of inspiration, not only for hairdressers but aspiring photographers - like myself.

Here are some of the incredible compositions that showcase Kevin Murphy at it's peak. I'll just let the photos speak for themselves...
Front cover of FREE.STYLER issue 9

To the right: Mother Paz!


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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Chanel "Paris in Rome" campaign

These are just few of the many gorgeous compositions photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel's "Paris in Rome" campaign. Kristen Stewart showcases the pre-fall show collection, seductively enticing you into a world of the Italian sultry life framed by Parisienne decor, echoing the theme of the collection. 

The campaign premiered in December, to then debut in June magazines (I stumbled across the campaign earlier this week). Lagerfeld speaks of Stewart as "perfect for the Chanel image of today." would anyone dare to disagree? All the stunning actress has to do is gaze into the camera, only to instantly compose the alluring connotations of the image.

I fell in love with the campaign at first glance, the Parisienne decor framing the beauty of the composition, had me in awe. Kristen Stewart on the other hand, was an unexpected surprise for the campaign front. I almost immediately associate Stewart with Twilight (sorry) and would never pair her with the stylings of haute couture. However, Lagerfeld saw above my bland association of the actress and wiped my opinion completely off of the table. Kristen reinvents what it is to be Paris in Rome.

Upon researching the campaign, I came across "Once and forever" a film by Lagerfeld showing behind the scenes of a biopic on Gabrielle Chanel. Lagerfeld stars Kristen Stewart and Geraldine Chaplin in a short film portraying a unique, foul-mouthed actress cast to play the designer; and might I add, Kristen channels Coco phenomenally. As Kristen said, the designer "always provides the environment for a story to unfold" and he most definitely did...

Sit back and enjoy the amalgamation of fashion, culture, style and Coco.

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Monday, 20 June 2016

Venice 2015

Since summer has officially begun, it only felt right to dive into the archives of and dig out one of my favourite days of summer 2015; the day out in Venice from the infamous trip to Lake Garda. 

These images are from the early stages of my Editorial work, before the sultry tones inspired by Tim Walker took over. As me and my best friend wandered the cobbled backstreets of Venice, my sporadic outbursts of telling her to "stand there" or "do this" captured some beautiful portraits framed by a marvellous city. 


You'd think that being a part of a huge Indian family would result in at least 5 engagement/ wedding parties, right? Wrong. 

It has been 4 years since I've attended a semi-Indian wedding but this summer, I have 3 to attend to! The first of 3 was an engagement celebration (Sagai) and initiated the commencement of wedding season. This in turn meant gorgeous sari's and dresses to scout out; the array of colour and sea of beautiful styles and patterns had me in awe - us Indians go all out on every excuse we can get...

Friday, 17 June 2016

That's a wrap!

Being in full-time education for 13 years has become second nature, as it would do to us all, but today is the final day officiating my freedom from the soul sucking sanctuary that is sixth form. 

Despite the soul sucking, I've had a ball these past two years; from slouching in the common room on gloomy mornings to screaming 'Twist and Shout' in the wave pool at Lake Garda, it's safe to say that these past two years have been absolutely wicked.

Good luck peeps, all the best in what you do. 

Shake it up baby x 

KM International; run-down confidence on the runway

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Originally this post was going to be dedicated to a show I took part in last year and the experience gained from it. That's all well and good to share but I took something much less tangible than big hair and wicked shots; a build in self confidence.

Self confidence is something that nearly everyone struggles with. It can interfere with social situations, personal life, job prospects etc and can be difficult to salvage when needed most. 

Growing up, I had a nack of pretending to be confident; like an alter ego. It helped when performing, in social situations etc (things I could prepare for) but didn't really help when spontaneity struck and I had to become confident at the click of a finger. 

Kevin Murphy's international Trends Show is a hair and fashion show, showcasing the trends on hair and fashion straight from the catwalk. I managed to get a place on the team being the photographer; the brief was photographing back stage and on stage throughout the day/ evening of the show. However, when one of the models dropped out, I had to step in her shoes. Although I was happy to help, the thought of having under an hour to mentally build up the confidence to do what was required made me feel sick. But, dramatics aside the show was a success and rather than photographing the show, I took part in the editing. The build in confidence I gained from all of 20 minutes on stage was incredible and I would most definitely do it again. 

Enough about me, what I really want to talk about is that no matter how difficult the idea self confidence seems to you now, you can and will build it up.

There are two main aspects to self confidence; self-esteem and self-efficiency.
Self efficiency; When we see ourselves mastering skill and achieving goals i.e. hard work = success. We accept the challenges we face and persist.
Self esteem; allowing ourselves the right to be happy. The feeling of approval, not from others but yourself too. To be truly content inside and out.

So, here are a few things that can help to build confidence;

- Surround yourself with positivity; confidence is contagious but so is the lack of confidence.
- Experience; step outside your comfort zone. Baby steps can build a long way too. 
- Be assertive; your determination to strive for what you believe it will allow you to travel miles. 

Don't worry, be happy.

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Team Tote

Don't worry, there is no bag discrimination up in here. I'd just like to dedicate this post to the most underrated type of bag; the tote.

And what is better than a tote? A Great Gatsby Penguin book-style tote. Oh yes, you read me.

Penguin book totes available from Waterstones, a range of different literature prints and styles.

Being the bibliophile that I am, Gatsby is one of the many great pieces of literature I have come across in these past years. The era of classic parties, jazz and romance brought to life by Fitzgerald through the tale of a man who built himself upon an illusion to live by *breathes* is what sparked my interest in literature. 

Break out the tote, you won't be disappointed. Trust me. 

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