A Week of a Thousand Photography-related Tasks

As my alarm rang at 5:30am, I felt a little lazy to get up, I wanted to snooze it to 5:45am, but a voice reminded me that I might end up waking up by 12noon if I tried it, so I managed to get up, I said my prayers and got ready for church. I had to dress up earlier than the time I normally do since I got to Lagos because I had just joined the Media department of the Lagos branch of our church COZA, so I was trying to get myself used to the call time for workers which is 7am.

Meanwhile there was a kind of “awoof” for me that day, a worker in the church told me that I could join him in his ride to church since He will be leaving early too, so I caught up with him at our agreed time,then off to church in my long lacy fitted chain detailed gown..hmmm, I had sown that gown for about 3 months and Sunday happened to be my first time wearing the dress, it was our thanksgiving service and I couldn’t afford not to look good on that day. Afterall, despite all the challenges I have been experiencing, there is still a space for thanksgiving to God ke!

“Ohhh! It’s Monday again!” was the thought in my mind when my alarm rang, I stretched and stretched and stretched but still had to get up, I got myself ready for work, it occurred to me that I had to meet up with 7:30am resumption time, so I hurriedly dressed up and left for the Studio. As soon as I arrived the studio, I did my chores and completed my own devotion, then we had to do our own devotion at eloPhotos, then we did last week’s appraisal. Much later, the interns had a class with Mr. Toye on “History of camera”. We even had a more interactive class on that day, it didn’t stop those that normally sleep from sleeping in class, so it occurred to me that most of us get interested in class when there are screens to project what is been taught.

Later, I was sent to Mr Clever’s office to fix the handle of one of the photobook’s boxes, I got there at Ogba and had to wait for so long, after I had calculated how early I needed to leave for church that day. They really spent time fixing that box and it made me to return to the studio around 6:40pm, by the time I delivered the message and got ready to leave, it was already 5 minutes after 7pm, so it occurred to me that I will get to church atleast at about 7:50pm or 8pm or even later than that, so I had to go home that day. I was not happy because I really didn’t want to miss out a day from those ‘days of glory’. Well God knows best.

On Tuesday, we continued our lecture about the camera, I was showing my colleagues some pictures of two guys in the air when Mr. Seun called me. Thank God He sent me early enough to Pictureworks at Yaba, because I can’t imagine missing the last day of our ‘7 days of glory’.

I got to Pictureworks, requested to see Mrs Folake, after I discussed with her what I wanted, she personally dragged a chair for me beside that same lady that gave us attitude the first day we went there, Ofcourse she was more composed and treated me with respect that day.

I noticed that almost all the staff were wearing long faces. Especially the person who I was told will be the one to do the photobook, He was just frowning his face all over the place, then I overheard the lady asking him how many more days they had for their ‘fast’ to be over, so it occurred to me that He is a muslim and was being cranky because of his fast.    

I did what I had to do and got back to the studio in a good time and changed my clothes for the church service.

It was a long and interesting service, I got home late, thank God someone dropped me off.

I woke up on Wednesday with body pains, “it must be the stress from yesterday” I thought to myself. So I had to take permission to be late because I wasn’t sure I could go to the Studio but I managed to go. When I got to the studio I realised that there was supposed to be a NIPHEC meeting, so we got ready and started off, Mr Seun was not available so Tunde coordinated the meeting, everyone aired their views and made complaints and I took the minutes of the meeting. I wasn’t feeling so well that day so I had to take permission to go home earlier than the normal closing time.

I had to take the minutes of Mr. Seun’s meeting with Mr. Kolawole,on Wednesday. The meeting was shorter that the one we had last week. Bolu was also there, He was also noting down some points.

We finished the meeting and I joined the class that had already started with Mr. Toye, it was about camera parts and their functions, I was so excited because I had been waiting for that lesson about camera parts, to me it was a interesting class because I got to know the functions of some parts of the camera that day.

After the lecture, I went out to do my rice and beans picture project and later joined few of my colleagues who were trying out panning images (putting a vehicle in focus and blurring the background while the vehicle is in motion). I tried out mine but it took me a while to get one, so I went back inside the studio and we tried out light painting, it was an exciting moment.

On Friday, I got to the studio did my chores and settled in. I had an interesting experience with the rain that day, when it was raining, I took few pictures to still the movement of the rain both the ones falling from the roof and the movement of the water in the bucket which gave me an abstract effect. I tried copying the pictures into my laptop but my laptop developed a fault again.

When the rain subsided it was time to pick Anu at school, so I seized that opportunity to go with whoever would pick her in order to inquire about the summer school, because I needed to get myself an extra income, I went to Tomobid too that day.

Saturday was just a resting day for me, I didn’t have cash at hand so I couldn’t go to teach Anu French. I spent that day doing house chores and getting ready for church.

Note: I will send the pictures as soon as I get a laptop to transfer my pictures to my phone. Thank you.

Yewande Oladipo

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