Learning lessons

So. What lessons have been learned you ask? Well, many.

Go slow. Read the fine print. Be thorough. Make sure you understand the guidelines given, and stick to them in your submission. Take more time to think about your idea/s and help “flesh” them out. Do NOT put it off to the last-minute. (I’ve always been a last-minute, under pressure type of girl. High school assignments were usually done the night before they were due to be submitted.)

You may have guessed by now that I didn’t win the trip to Africa to take photos. As bummed as I am, (it would have been AWESOME!) I am grateful for the inspiring experience and all of the lessons I have been faced with. I say faced with, because I obviously haven’t learned them yet. But I am. And I will continue to do so.

The main reason I think I messed up was because I chose to do a montage of images for 3 of the 5 photos required in the photo essay. Also, I could have taken better images, more suitable to the brief. But I didn’t. I left it to the last-minute, then rushed through it so I would have something to upload by the deadline. (That’s the problem with deadlines – if it was a personal ongoing project I would be able to chop and change and allow it to be a whole lot more of an organic process. But it wasn’t. Get over it.)

The positives: I have learned about myself. More about myself than previously known. I am going to work on these things. I have started a blog. Regular writing that’s not just for my eyes only. I have inspired myself and piqued my own curiosity (and hopefully the curiosity of others.) I have gained confidence in the knowledge that if you want to do something you just have to do it. One step at a time. In the direction of your heart. Be real with yourself and follow your dreams.

“Allow yourself to be drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray” – RUMI

Taking photos in Africa


There is a competition – a photographic competition – and the winner gets the opportunity to take photos of farmers and communities ActionAid Australia and AFAP Action on Poverty work with in Kenya and Zimbabwe.

Part of the selection criteria is that the applicant preferably have some blog writing experience so as to be able to blog whilst in Africa. SO this is my blog writing kick up the butt, so to speak. I have had this account open for a few months and written nothing. So here goes…..

I love writing. I love taking photos. I love Africa. (Well there are many more things that I love but for this post I’ll keep it to those 3). I would love to travel to Africa and take photos of farmers and their communities on the road to food security. I have traveled to Africa twice in the past 6 years. My husband is South African. Most of his family live there. But this is not remote Africa, this is urban Cape Town. By no stretch is it remote like other parts of Africa. I would love to get a glimpse of that remoteness. I would love to photograph that remoteness. There is a different light in Africa. It was one of the first of many things I noticed on my first visit to South Africa. I want to experience it once again.

As part of the competition I am required to write about what food security means to me, as well as create a photo essay based on the same question. There is a big difference in what food security means to an Aussie girl and what it means to an African woman living in remote areas. I am going to try and find some underlying similarities. Hopefully more than the fact they are both female….

I might not win.Though I could possibly…. No matter the outcome I am grateful that this competition has sparked my inspiration, my curiosity, my creativity. (Though I would probably be pretty stoked if I did win).

Diego – Flirtatious South African Rooster