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Weekly Task 2: Self Portrait

Growing up I use to get bullied because I had a gap in my teeth, I started to feel really uncomfortable with the way I looked which lead me to breaking up my food into little pieces, shying away from people and closing my mouth in pictures all because I did not feel comfortable with people seeing my teeth.

People would would tend to make jokes like "Are you missing a tooth", "Can you fit a pencil through there" and "You've got the London look"(Which is a catch phrase used in Rimmel London the makeup brand which features a model who has a gap in her teeth), I would normally laugh at these jokes because they were made by some of my friends and also others that I did not know.

I confronted my parents about getting braces but I did not tell them the reason behind it I used the excuse "I don't understand how I am the only one in the family that has a gap" so that they could understand. Coming from an African background things such as having braces to close a gap wasn't something that was looked at in a very good light because in their culture having a gap anywhere in your teeth is signified as beauty.

After years of complaining to my parents they finally gave in and allowed me to book an appointment at the orthodontist. When we arrived to the appointment I felt a sense of relief because it was a discussion that I knew would change my life forever, but the appointment did not go the way I wanted it to, I was told that I would not be able to receive treatment because my gap was caused by a piece of skin that was attached to my my top lip so if I wanted treatment I would need to pay the fee of 2 thousand pounds instead of receiving treatment for free from the NHS, because I would need to have and operation to remove it. I felt extremely disappointed but I did not loose hope so I made a plan with my mum to save up for the treatment.

A few years later, after saving the money I booked another appointment, I had another appointment and I went through the same procedures and check ups so I knew what they were going to tell me, but this time I was ready to pay my instalments, luckily I received good news, I was told that I could receive treatment for free because my information got mixed up.

After receiving treatment for 1 year and 8 months I can now say that I feel comfortable in my own skin, I now laugh more than I use to and I am happy with the person I have become.
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2/7/18
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For my self portrait, I wanted to show myself doing something that I love the most, taking photographs! I found this artistic area whilst in Birmingham, which I though would be a great place to take my image
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Weekly task 2- I like being around great company with someone cocktails enjoying happy hour !
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I thought I'd post a natural light unedited portrait of my day to day life of early mornings driving either to university or work...simple
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Week 2: Self Portrait.

I have used this photo of my girlfriend Sophie and I to represent myself for many personal reasons.

Before coming to University and meeting Sophie, I was quite a lonely, sour and judgmental/unkind person. I didn't care much for empathy and peoples feelings, not only this I also didn't have a great outlook on life. I was very down and not bothered about many things and very closed minded.
Sophie brought me back down to reality and showed me the way I should be seeing life. After only 1 month of being together she started to pick up on the things I would say and do and would correct me. She has drawn me to become a kinder, more selfless, generally happier and more open minded person. I have more empathy and care for peoples feelings; I have a wider outlook on life and how I want to live it. And after 4 months together I am truly grateful that this person has become my other half.
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Task 2- these photograph was inspired by Janet Jackson in one of her famous movies called poetic justice which was filmed in the early 90s. I am in love with the 90s fashion, style and music and Janet Jackson is one of my biggest inspiration, which why I took this photo.
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self portrait - I used an iPhone app to trigger the camera shutter - context = this week I took a call from a film director in switzerland to say that his film about wu-tang clan would be opening the midem music festival in june and would I go to cannes to speak on a discussion panel about it because i was wu-tang clans tour/production manager for more than six years. so I decided to wear a t-shirt for my self portrait - loyalty is royalty - REPRESENT
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Week 2: Self Portrait
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Week Two: A Self Portrait.

Here I wanted to challenge my confidence as I don't usually like having my photograph taken without makeup off, especially when they're close-up. I get self conscious of my rosey red cheeks as they're something I can't control which is why I transformed the image into monochrome.
Besides that I wanted to reflect my bubbly and fun personality with the mess of my hair and also focus on my eyes, as they're my favourite feature.
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week two: Self Portrait
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