Black Muslim Women exhibition!
Hi - salaams - peace,
As you may know, I'm currently a full-time photographer
I've had a proposal accepted by Everyday Muslim to exhibit photos at their upcoming symposium: An Exploration of Black Muslims in British History and Heritage
is massively exciting (and terrifying!) - though I've been taking photos for some years, it will be my first exhibition. It will be an exhibition of portraits of Black Muslim women and girls in Britain (see below for a taste of past portraits I've taken - not exhibition ones, though: those are still under wraps for now!).
Turns out exhibiting photos is a bit costly - and earning money from photography means...not necessarily being super solvent. I left my 'day' job last year, and am slowly easing into freelance life
'I need moooo-ney'
I'm appealing to you, kind reader, to help me out with the costs of printing, framing and hanging the photos.
I plan to show 13 A3 portraits at the symposium on March 18th (yep, just 5 weeks away!!). Costs for that will come to just over £1,000 (including gofundme's 7.9% fee).
I'll need to raise the money ideally within the next 2 weeks (by end of Feb latest) to give me time to get everything done.
Can you help at all? Anything you can donate will make a difference - raising the total amount will mean I am definitely able to have a physical exhibition, and will also make me ridiculously grateful!
Even if you cannot donate any cash, just sharing this page would be a huge help.
Finally as a thank you for donating, I will be happy to take a portrait photo of you* - let me know if you'd like this, and I shall be in touch in due course.
So - can you help me put on my first exhibition? Please do!
Thanking you all in advance,
*In London. Or possibly Scotland. Sometime over the next 12 months.
A few photos I've taken in the past - see some more here: WasiDaniju.500px.com
Breakdown of costs:
- A3 professional prints (x13) £609
- Frames (x13) £226
- Hanging equipment £74
- Packaging (to transport) £38
- Gofundme fee (7.9%) £75
just a quick note to let you know I was interviewed by Shane Boothby for the Leveller about the exhibition and Symposium - you can have a read here:
an unexpected turn of events, so i'm messaging you all again tonight, as i want to remain as transparent as possible.
i ended up deciding to upload and order my prints tonight from metro imaging, who gave me the quotes i based my printing costs on.
there are 3 screenshots attached here:
- my original quote (which included a cost for framing that was very much out of my league, and a cost for a matt seal, as the frames i chose did not have a covering);
- the recent updated quote, without frames and also without the extra matt seal (because the frames i've ordered elsewhere do have a covering);
- and finally, what i was actually charged when i ordered the prints tonight...
as you can see, the bill is actually less than half what i was quoted, even with the cheaper quote. when i got the second quote, i thought it was a little expensive for self-service, and actually checked in to ask if they were being hand-printed - I was told that no, it was digital. this is where the misunderstanding occurred - by digital, i assumed they meant via their online service, and by hand i figured meant the personal service they offer where you take in your prints, have someone go through them, adjust them etc. it would appear not.
so - i find myself in a position where i've asked for (and been kindly given by all of you) over £300 more than it turns out i needed. which makes me feel massively awkward, even if it was a genuine mistake.
my proposal is that i use the extra money to:
- print & frame a few more pictures to expand the set for future exhibitions, and/or
- put it towards the costs of really taking the exhibition to other places in the UK.
Please do get in touch (email@example.com) if you want to follow this up in any way (or make alternative suggestions for the use of the money).
many thanks for your patience and understanding ,
just wanted to send a quick update with a little news, details of the exhibition, some photos, and an update on what next.
i've (finally!) got all my photos together for next week, and am on the brink of sending them to be printed! as with so much of this, equal parts scary and exciting.
meanwhile, as a small token of appreciation, i wanted to share this album - a few outtakes from the portraits that will be appearing next week - they're in this private folder: https://www.flickr.com/gp/knox1013/6sHB59 (please keep them under your hat/hijab/headgear of your choice).
I realised, after a nudge from a friend, that I've not shared exact details of the symposium! Here's the link to the event: https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/spoken-word/everyday-muslim-symposium-exploration-black-muslims-british-history-and-heritage
finally, in my first step to wider sharing of the photos: Katakata, a lovely little café in Brixton, has agreed to have my pictures up from sometime in April. As well as a chance to see the photos, you also get to try out their amazing galletes and crêpes!
that's it from me. Good night! w
A couple of people have asked if I'll be taking the exhibition anywhere else - this is now a plan forming in my ever-buzzing mind! I'm already making plans to display the collection locally in London maybe in a few months. But I'm also considering taking them to different places around the UK...See what happens when you give me money and encouragement - my wild ideas get even wilder!
Watch this space, I guess. And thank you. again. w xxx