Wow…its been quite a year and its also already over…..,well not quite we’ve still got 8 days left but 11 and 3/4 months have gone by in a flash. Through all the Global News drama over ‘Fake News’, the Continent wide Eclipse and major disasters of history shattering scale we have gotten to the end of 2017. Time to stake stock, *looks over 2017 Resolutions* I’ve ticked quite a few while some took a complete swerve off the path and some i just plain missed by miles but i still loved it. Oh and i changed jobs and changed mindsets on things.
My best shots of this year are alot but the shots in this post show my passion. The day i took these shots (early Dec) i had woken up really early to travel to a far place and raced back like hell to get to the location of the Auto Event, even though it was raining and i was late i still wanted to take at least one pic.
Sounds desperate right? but if you don’t have a passion for something you’ll quit when it gets tough. Some days later a friend saw one of the pics and said “This is my fav from all your shots, you’ve made my 2017”.
For a pic i took at the end of a grueling day, it was definitely worth it. What made your 2017 awesome, and adventure, a friend or rediscovering something. Share in a comment 🙂
Morning Guys? 😀 Been a while hasn’t it but first…..
Happy Independence Day Nigeria (it’s on Oct 1st but better late than never)
.…now back to the post. Took a much needed blog break for about 3 weeks, didn’t post anything except read articles and posts from around the blogsphere. Creative Burn-Outs are real and a break is a good idea to ease up and get back into it.
So……today i’m posting on this week’s WPC topic: WINDOWS ;what do you see through yours? Our eyes are windows to our souls and vice versa, so it’s also true that the photos we take and create are windows into our minds. My long exposure shoots are of the Lagos Lagoon the night before a morning rainstorm. The clouds are low and the lagoon glassy, mirroring the sky and city lights.
What interesting sight have you seen of recent that you would love to share ?
Some days are warm, slow and peaceful. Just like this . .
….And some days are rough, not the kind of days going to the beach comes to mind. The biting wind rushing into every gap between your clothes and skin isn’t heartwarming and neither is the tingling cold water but that’s life not every day is smooth sailing.
That is what gives life Texture.
The WordPress Photo Challenge this week is TEXTURE, find it all round you and say or show what it means.
The waves of the lagoon are ever changing, the sun forever in a cycle of rise and fall.
The challenge this week is to show change in a still shot and I captured 2 eternal motions on our planet with a single other subject; A Glass Ball for contrast.
The nature of man is fleeting, a more complicated expression is Transient. This is even more glaring in a culture that scorns history in all it’s form. Once a person or object no longer has immediate importance it is discarded. During the recent historical tour of Open House Lagos 2017, i went for the tour of The Railway compound Ebute Metta, Lagos.
This area is a trove of historical buildings and gems, one of which is featured in the images above. In an abandoned train shed sits the very train Queen Elizabeth the Second and her husband Prince Philip used for a trip to Ibadan from Lagos during her tour of Nigeria in 1956. It’s now a blackened, decaying husk with graffiti all over, a shadow of itself after years of active duty.
It’s not the end of the day till the sun sets, and that goes without saying.
So when last did you sit and enjoy a beautiful sunset. We are so focused on the grind that we lose touch, slow down and appreciate the little things sometimes everything doesn’t have to be in focus to be beautiful.
It’s #TGIF tomorrow, any plans for the upcoming long weekend?
A quote from Andre Lorde goes thus “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” , we are so alike but very different and that thought stayed with me throughout my guided tour of this iconic landmark in Lagos. The Central Mosque, Lagos a massive religious building right smack in the middle of the ever bustling Lagos island.
A very beautiful and well crafted building, it’s the pride of the Islamic community in Lagos. Had a chance to go round in a tour organised by The British Council Lagos for the Open House Lagos 2017 event. Some very beautiful churches where also on the tour but we couldn’t access them at the time of the tour….. Weddings and more weddings but we could enter the mosque and that was great.
The order of things is a little different, the head must be covered for women and no shoes allowed inside. Yup, we moved through the entire building barefoot, it was nice though it meant no annoying footsteps echoing all over 🙂 .
I noticed a theme throughout the building and the BW image below shows it well, The Mosaic Theme. From the walls to the floor to the windows the pattern repeated itself in different forms.
I’m Christian and getting to see the inner workings of a grand mosque was a real eye opener, our buildings maybe different, our thinking different but underneath it all we all want the same thing. WPC: RELFECTING
Where have i been lately? Well for one quite busy with a good friend’s wedding and the Open House Lagos Weekend Project. Two events close to my heart, Weddings are always a bubble of emotions and it makes it all the more touching when they were both my classmates throughout my Bachelors Degree and also colleagues in Masters at the same University.
The theme for WPC is Wanderlust, bring out shots that inspire the traveler in us. Well i haven’t traveled out of state of recent so i’ll be posting a beach shot i took during my few moments alone in nature. Nature shots always have that lost in time quality that make us feel the moment even if we are miles away and i hope this shots do just the same.