Pacing the corridors at uni as I waited for a lesson to start, my phone starts ringing. It’s my friend Toni, one of the most hardworking, level-headed and talented people I know. Currently halfway through her Photojournalism degree, she’s been freelancing like mad, perfecting her portfolio and building her brand.
So the story goes is that she’sworking on her university newspaper and has called me to ask for a favour; she was briefed by her editor to find a photo to illustrate an article.
She typed “multiculturalism” into a search engine and started trawling through pages of images, until she saw a photo in which she recognised some of the people. She clicked the link and it led her to my website. Toni called to ask my permission to use the picture and of course I said yes.
A couple of days later, she sent me a picture of the paper and I was surprised at how well the photo looked blown up on the page. I took this photo at the 2010 Notting Hill Carnival and it was a day of sun and sound systems.
For Toni to call me up and ask for the photo was a massive compliment. At some point during me undergrad, I knew I didn’t have enough drive or talent to make it in photojournalism, so followed the print path instead, but her phone call was a reminder on how self-pubishing can get you noticed.
♫ Nu Yorican Soul – Shoshana