I felt like I hadn’t really picked up the camera much over the past few weeks during the lockdown as I’ve retreated into my own bubble — but looking back and the thousands of files in my hard drive I clearly have. A while back I’ve heard Pete Souza, Barack Obama’s White House photographer, say that often the true meaning or significance of an image doesn’t reveal itself until some time has passed, and I’m embracing that.
If you’re stuck with kids at home due to self-isolation, embracing social distrancing, or because you’re on a COVID-19 lockdown, I know it can be difficult and frustrating. As someone who’s been home educating my 9 year old son since the he was 4 while also running a business, I know a thing or two about managing a child at home with stayng sane. Hopefully this little guide will help you stay sane, too.
Last year I was approached to speak at Phlock Live, the newest and the largest European conference for female photographers created by the sisters Laura and Sarah Wood and of course I said “yes!” instantly! A whole host of internationally published and critically acclaimed female photographers from all over the world will be speaking alongside me to bring you the best development and growth opportunity for your photography and your business.
The event is happening in Manchester at the Midland Hotel from 20-22 March 2020 and the tickets are selling fast, so if you’re interested in attending, either for the whole 3 days or just for a couple of classes, go and book your tickets over at Phlock website. Until February 24th you can also use ANTONINA15 at checkout for 15% off any ticket type. There are a limited number of tickets and once they’re gone, they’re gone so make sure you secure yours.
On Monday we visited Moving to Mars over at the Design Museum in London (it’s on until 24th February, do try to catch it before it ends).
It was a beautiful multi-sensory exhibition and it was cool to see both the history and the future of exploration of Mars, including stepping into an inflatable Mars pod and seeing and hearing Martian storms rage outside.
I took this photograph a year ago today at People’s Vote March. Yesterday, once again, I marched with over one million people in London for People’s Vote. Then, as now, this image of father and daughter, tired and frustrated with the current state of affairs, wanting their voice to be heard, is what Britain looks to me right now. That’s why earlier this year I submitted this image for the Portrait of Britain award, and I’m so thrilled that the judges saw what I saw too and shortlisted it among 200 other amazing photographs.