In 2012, fresh out of an undergraduate degree in English Literature, I wanted to apply to the MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography course at London College of Communication. I had just moved to Australia and had grand designs for my photographic future and no idea how to get there.
In 2014, having spent some time finding my London legs after moving between three continents for two years, I was ready to apply again. I showed up at the open day, asked a bunch of relevant questions, and went back to my day job.
In 2016, I finally did it: applied, left my job, and I am now two weeks away from the halfway point of the degree.
There a few things that spring to mind out of recounting this experience and I want to remind myself of them as I move forward in 2017:
- Time takes time - a lot of learning only comes through living through the experiences to get to the other side.
- The right time isn’t always when you expect it to be - I am convinced that had I applied for this degree in 2012 and 2014, I would not have the stomach that I have for it now.
- The ‘other side’ moves as soon as you get there, and that’s no bad thing - I began this course wanting a career in Reuters/PA-style reportage, and now find my practice veering off in exciting but very unexpected directions.
The one thing that has been consistently true though is that I write. Sometimes it is a means of creative exploration - trying new forms, working on short fiction to explore ideas. Sometimes it is a means of capturing experiences as they happen - diaries, blogs, moments snatched on notebooks. Sometimes it’s a form of thinking through something that is not yet clear, and sometimes it’s a means to produce a well-considered, well-researched, in-depth piece on something of interest that isn’t necessarily personal or in any way explicitly connected to the writer.
At this moment, in 2017, I have decided it might now be the right time to start writing publicly again in the form of this blog.
This is going to be a space for exploration. If you are looking for more clean-cut, well-thought-through, microwave-ready thoughts, they can be found on my Medium account. If you’re as interested in WIP as I am, then I do hope you’ll join me here for the ride.