Dear Barack Obama

Dear Barack Obama,

On Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 was the day my life changed, however on the scale that you, experienced it, I shall never understand. The mere knowledge that I was looking at the first black president blew away my 10-year-old mind. The concoction of emotions that emerge across the world, was truly overwhelming for many, the echo of words from Martin Luther King ‘I Have a dream’ seemed to come true. We were given a chance and you sir, were the first bearer of this dream.

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 Your first term as President was a riveting experience. You made a historic breakthrough as on March 23, 2010 you help to put in place The Patience Protection and Affordable Care Act which ironically was nicknamed Obamacare  which provided universal healthcare to millions of American, in 2016 over 25 million Americans of all races, ages were protected and  provided with a service that reduces the appalling costs of healthcare in the USA.

 4458512106_9be0d97603_oThe years that follow suit, were the hard n grind moments in time. Hurricane Sandy came and destroyed all who stood in her way, gravely impacting many states especially New Jersey but due to your calm and collected nature during the mass disarray and chaos, you helped to instigate an emergency relief bill worth $60 billion that provided temporary comfort and support for many who lost their homes, belongings and even loved ones. That wasn’t your last time where you had to step up in times that will forever affect not just America but the world.

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14.12.12 was meant to be an innocent, normal day. Young children left their houses that day, filled with euphoria as Christmas was so close around the corner.  20 pure, amazing and brilliant lives never returned home that day. That day impacted your life that day. These were children who had never had chance to experience life, to grow up to be successful leaders of the future. However, during this travesty, this propelled you into fighting the good fight in relation to gun control.

 cwmdbe5kxroibeblaaoadb0ablwdabddfrembwurwwxdqvvsreoabgaaw0vtqkjuw10hfrewch9zchascajfvvlbr1lahhuv Now unfortunately due to the Democrat losing control of the House of Representative in the mid-term elections in 2010 and then further losses in the 2012 election, further progress in restricting gun control were met with the idiotic and disillusioned Republican party who believed that you were trying to remove an already out-dated second amendment right. Now we can sit here and look at things you didn’t succeed to doing. However, it will take away the amazing achievements and the legacy that you shall forever leave with.

From repealing the Don’t ask, don’t tell act, to overseeing the historic moment in 2015 when same sex marriages were legalised in over 50 states,gettyimages-478682610_wide-575417dcbe0bab094b6094f021dce79b36e9de38-s900-c85

You also helped to rescue the economy by signing the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 to spur economic growth amid the most severe downturn since the Great Depression. As of October 2016, the economy had added 15.5 million new jobs since early 2010 and set a record with seventy-three straight months of private-sector job growth. The unemployment rate, which hit a sustained peak of about 10 percent in 2009, dropped to 4.6 percent as of November 2016

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To wearing some of the coldest outfits going

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So, thank you Barack Hussein Obama for being an inspiration for me, as you showed me that I can achieve amazing things regardless of my skin colour. So, despite having to deal with the least bourgeois president that is Donald Trump, your legacy will forever change the course of history and forever fulfilled the prophecy that Yes, We Can.

 Yours sincerely Oluwatobi

P.S shoutout to Michelle for inspiring young girls and teaching them nothing is impossible and plus being an OG mom to Sasha and Malia

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Black Beauty

Dear my sisters, I want you to know you are beautiful, never ever think that you need to change your identity, your skin colour. You are amazing the way you are.

See, that was something I wish I had told my sisters when they were younger. I wish they didn’t have to go years of not loving themselves, not loving the qualities they were born with. I wish they had realised that being black is beautiful, regardless if you ‘dark’ or ‘light’, being black is a wonderful thing. Now before y’all, create an unnecessary situation in which you state I’m being “racist”, frankly you are wrong. I’m talking about a real issue that has affected many of my friends, family and loved ones.

Recently a beautiful Australian model called Ajak Deng quit the modelling industry due to the struggles she has faced in her professional and personal life. In 2014 she tweeted  “kicked out of Balmain for being black.” She later deleted her twitter account. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/model-ajak-deng-has-quit-the-fashion-industry-because-of-racism_us_56cddeede4b041136f19045f. That is so unjust as Ajak was very talented.

I stumbled on an article written by an astonishing woman called Kristen Collins Jackson who talked about 5 things that Colorism has affected her as a black woman-http://www.bustle.com/articles/37427-5-truths-about-colorism-that-ive-learned-as-a-black-woman-in-nyc. Early on in the article, she wrote this: “I avoided the sun because I knew that as soon as my skin started to darken, I would inevitably be on the receiving end of jokes such as “Oh, sorry I couldn’t see you because it’s night time.” Those jokes about my skin were a dime a dozen during my childhood in a predominantly white environment. I grew up constantly dreaming of a different life, a life where we were not the only black family in my town, a life where I could openly talk about my culture without isolating my peers — a life that couldn’t be lived in my small town in New Hampshire. But as I later learned, colorism didn’t just exist in places without people of color. It exists everywhere.” Now as a black male, I think it’s hard for me, now for a black woman I shall never understand the pain. Already in the world, equality between men and women is shockingly bad, so for black women in my life, I thank you for continuing to be great people despite the unjust world we live in.

Now before we meet the beautiful women I know, Kristen Collins Jackson highlighted another issue that it isn’t just black women that experiences this terrible ordeal, black males suffer from this grave injustice as well. “Colorism paints light-skinned men as being soft, effeminate, and snooty — an unfounded stereotype that has run rampant on the Internet. The hashtag “LightskinnedNiggasBeLike” on social media full of memes or gifs to poke fun at our light-skinned counterparts and create a distinction between us that is disguised as being humorous.”

Recently I  did a photoshoot with some of the most inspirational female friends I have. Hope you enjoy.

Kiyana King

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Liza Bilal

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Georgiaa Rae

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Kinnie-Olivia Songu

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Princess Campbell

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Qanisha Hall

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So to every female, regardless of colour, you are all beautiful. So from me goodbye and see you soon.

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Phase 2

So, we meet again and boy have I missed you, let’s take you on the adventure over the last few months.

So life is like a game, there are highs and lows, but in this journey mostly highs. We first meet Faith. Now Faith is your conscience, now that might seem strange, but she is a person who is wise beyond her years and has therefore has helped you along the way. This has meant by encountering Faith you have changed as a person and gradually have become the best you can be.

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Next we meet Emily and this is your best friend. She is the girl that everyone thinks you are on relationship with but that is wrong (yeah completely wrong)  She is actually an amazing person who brings joy into not just your life but to everyone she meets. You will need her along this journey .

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Now we now meet Stella and Ella. Stella is a person who despite her devilish characteristics,  she adds that spark into life. With her quick wit, she insults you, but it’s alright you can slide tackle her another time. Ella on the other hand, is an inspiration. You marvel at how she maintains such a wonderful character despite losing someone close to her. You also are annoyed as you aren’t as smart as her (what a shame ha)

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Now we travel through time and arrive at a nice Christmas gathering. Music is playing and Jess brown(we shall meet her later) is rapping to Skepta Shutdown. Emily, Erin and Rachel are smiling and that is a good indication that life is good.

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We now meet Iris (say it right or all hell will break loose) and you love to annoy her a lot. You do admit that it sometimes goes too far but you have a good relationship so you are alright.

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Now we fast forward to a time where you are the DJ and it’s evident that you are killing the game as the Sweat couple (Adam Kenny provided the wonderful name) who are Jack and Jess (the Skepta fan) are having a good time.

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However, you took a nice photo of them together as you want to capture the cuteness of the couple.

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Now we have met Jack before but things have changed now. He has become a better person, has grown in many ways (maybe not height) but he has been a very creative force in your life and has pushed you to explore your creative side.

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We meet a new face, a guy called Brendan. Now when you meet him, you are amazed at how genuine and nice he is. You have reached a great point now in life.

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Life can’t just be all good, you need situations in which you are brought back to reality and that’s how life goes.

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But you are nearly there, but you are now left with two funny guys who are Isaac and Ben. These two bring so much laughter that you wonder how lucky you are. Here are some moments that you have enjoyed with them

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And so you have arrived at the end for now but you are looking forward to the future now. So Goodbye and see you soon.

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Derelict Buildings

So today we adventure into The Bell which is an abandoned building in Bristol and we went exploring here are photos detailing our adventures

Sam Westland– Eerie boy meets

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Jack Niblett and Joe Little – The Twins

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They then met the Ghost of The Bell…

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However Louie comes out and saves Jack…

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While Joe is busy looking at the horizon which was more interesting than jack

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The boys end up uniting their friendship and that brought a smile to their face except jack who was interested in something else

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Then they meet Sam who wanted to look at the world through the eyes of a camera

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Now meet the Group…

First There is Matt Richmond a genius beyond comprehension however a very humble man

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Next there is  Sam Westland a photographer with an eye for detail, sharing his love of photography to capture the many beautiful moments in life

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Joe Little is the next guy, here is a fashion guru with impeccable fashion sense but showcases love and laughter to the people he meets

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Tom lexton is the next guy and he is Father Lexton, he is the big guy in the group with the greatest personality

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Next is Louie Gaulton, now he is the comedian in the group, everywhere he goes laughter follows

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Jack Niblett is an artist with exceptional taste for detail in his artwork. He captures moments and recreates masterpieces
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And finally there is Me and I love being Me

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Now that’s The Saga of Derelict Buildings

SIZE

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Hello reader, I am here to address the stigma that has been created in the modelling industry the media and in the modern era and that is that you have to be skinny to be in the modelling industry and you have to be skinny a model or to be skinny to wear a bikini etc etc. Now that’s wrong.

The History

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For the last 30+ years, we have been graced on every catwalk with models parading the many fashion shows in Milan, New York, London,  Paris etc. They have been showing of designers creations, their ideas and creativity. We have seen ideas like Victoria secret models become a commodity and that only certain females suits this area. This has led to advertisers to use this idea to create products but only using woman with smaller sizes told show off their products. We have been graced with supermodels like Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss,  Kendall Jenner grace our catwalks but I think that now we need see woman of all shapes and size grace our media, catwalks and just for woman to feel that they are part of the media as strong women.

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Now I am not discouraging thin models at all as they are doing well and they should keep doing what they do but I want them to understand that doesn’t mean you should look down on bigger models or for agencies to look down on big woman and not give them a job in the modelling industry as they arent ‘skinny’. Recently I read a story about a ‘plus size model’ called Lauren Wells(incredible woman) describing how agents instructed models to a strict diet which included ‘one cracker and a couple of glasses of water’ a day. Yes this may be one case in the modelling industry but I feel it’s a major problem. Now first of all, I think ‘Plus size Models’ is such a bad word to use because it has a more negative connotation than positive. When you are referring a size to a specific  group you are destroying the feeling of body confidence. The word ‘Plus’ just implies that you are fat but really you aren’t fat. In reality you are just a regular female who just  loves the way her body and this is the mindset I hope we can teach the media to potray this belief that you shouldn’t be looking to  catergoise yourself to a certain size but instead step by step you should enjoy the way your body is. I’m not saying that this blog will convince millions of the female race to believed in this but more about curbing and slowly destroying this annoying stigma. I believe that the more body confidence, the female society have the more changes can be made in other areas like the wage gap between male and female, equality in gender  and more female leaders.

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What can we do?
Firstly for any  change that has ever happened in history  has started with a collective thinking of people and a focus on addressing a particular issue in a place o way so that their voices can be heard  I think the biggest area is the media. The media is where we get our information, news, influences etc but then the media is where problems have arose. However it’s a very powerful place to start change. The more we have a range of body sizes showing in our TV shows, movies, news channel, magazines the more socially acceptable it will allow  more men to appreciate a girl for whatever size they, from men realising that using derogatory behaviour towards females is wrong, encouraging rappers that woman aren’t ‘hoe’s or bitches’? The list could go on but that means there needs to be a lot of change.

Another area that change could be very prominent is in Education. If we educate our children from a young age that your size doesn’t matter at all and that you should love your body the way it is. This would help many girls. If this change had taken place from a young age a lot of my females friends would be more confident with themselves than they are right now. Education would also be a good area for boys to realise that respecting girls is essential and that you shouldn’t be concentrating on what females are looking at but more at, may I suggest your education?

So as I conclude this blog I hope we can make changes in the way we view body size and concentrate on improving body confidence and by that Humans can really make great advancements in life. Thank you for listening, Oluwatobi.

@TobiElegbede– Instagram #fashion

Eyes Tell A Story

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Recently I went out with my friend Luke Hatton(the guy in the photo) and we went cycling through the lovely city of Bristol which I live in and I had my Samsung NX1100 camera in which I took photograph of Luke in which he was my model. While taking some photos I started to realise his eyes. The detail in his eyes, the way it sparkle with a beautiful array of colours it was then I decided that his eyes were my main focus when taking photos of him

So I shifted my camera mode to Lens Priority Mode which has a little ‘i’ button. In this mode you press [i-Function] on the lens or press [Fn] to select effect and the mode I chose to use was ‘Beauty Shot’ in which it allowed Luke to look soft and clean. Yes I know it could be interpreted as me cheating or me using a mode to in which alters the original but honestly it made absolutely no difference as Luke already takes good care of his face. The real reason why I wanted to use this mode was due to the fact that I wanted to focus in on his eyes. So when I went to the editing part in which I used a simple app called Fotor which is an app you can get on the Google Play Store, App Store and Windows. It’s a free app on the Google Play Store  with a few in -app purchases but I haven’t ever had to buy extras as I thinks it’s a very capable app with many cool features for free. Obviously if you wanted to use proper editing I would recommend using Adobe Photoshop it’s a professional editing software so I recommend that for serious readers. So whilst using the Fotor App I used two tools The focus tool and the enhance tool. The focus tool allows you to  focus in on a specific area using a line, eclipse or a circle.

I chose the circle option and then I enlarged the circle  so I could cover more of the face so the picture wouldn’t look blurred.  As presentation is key in Photography below shows the finished product using the circle focus tool

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After I used  the enhance tool in which you can alternate between low,medium and high enhance I chose the high enhance as what it did was bring more detail to the photo so it maybe it more visually brighter. Therefore enhancing Luke’s face. Below shows the product of using the high enhancing tool.

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  Eyes are what I describe as the doorways into people’s personality, their eyes can tell a story about where they have come from, their history, pain, suffering, hope and happiness.

So when I took my photo of Luke his eyes revealed to me a part of him in which I never knew. The part in which you can tell he is a creative person.  A person who I never thought would be creative. However it seems like I hadn’t actually got to know him better as a friend. The way in which I hadn’t been aware of this side of his personality. It made me think that awareness is key just as awareness is key in taking a photograph of an object.  The awareness of where you are going to focus on, the area, the movement etc. So I think this can be translated into human life. We need to be aware of the simple things in life like the manner in which we talk to our friends, the manner in which we talk about others and also the manner in which address issues like gender equality, racisim etc. We need to be more aware of what we do, say, think. Yes I can admit I have said, thought and done things to people but I’m also striving to make sure I don’t repeat mistakes so I want to advise one thing today as you ready my blog. BE AWARE

My Name is Oluwatobi Elegbede and I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog. My Instagram is @TobiElegbede