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I have been documenting behind the scenes with The London Lucumi Choir since I joined the choir in 2007.

Like most choirs in the UK our activity has been severely affected by the the Coronavirus pandemic and we have had to adjust in order to keep going and sing. Initially this meant regular Zoom rehearsals exclusively which had its pros and cons. On the one hand it was wonderful to see other peoples faces — some choir members who now live abroad or can’t travel to regular rehearsals were able to join. I could sing at the the top of…


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One of the things I miss most during the extended London lockdowns is sitting down at a café and people watching, writing my journal or reading. I miss both this solitary experience and the regular meet ups with my sons, partner and close friends. Sitting in cafés is an entrenched ritual that feels very much part of me. …


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Topshop, the iconic store beloved for its trendy clothes and accessories at non-designer prices has bitten the dust. The former ‘high street giant’ which in its heyday was a buzzing hangout is a casualty of the pandemic as well as changing attitudes towards consumerism and fast, disposable fashion.

The following photographs, all taken in February 2021 are a subjective take on the demise of the Oxford Street flagship store. As witnessed yesterday, the shop windows no longer display clothing but several contain naked mannequins. I’ve always been intrigued by mannequins. In the history of photography, Eugène Atget and Man Ray’s…


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In recent days whenever I look down at my bare knees I think to myself that these could do with a wax. On the other hand, why bother? It’s January, freezing cold, and we are in Tier 5 lockdown. I then remembered that there’s a campaign called Januhairy which started in 2019. Women are encouraged grow out their body hair for the month with the aim of loving and accepting their natural state. There is also a fundraising aspect to it. This year because of Coronavirus the campaign has been less active, but intends to came back in full force…


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During the pandemic I’ve tried to always walk around with a camera, even if I’m just going to the local grocery store. I have a lightweight digital camera which has pretty much become part of me. That’s me in the picture below, walking down Frith Street in Soho last summer. I’m wearing one of my favourite dresses, designed by Katya Wildman of Bombshell London. In an amazing coincidence I had spotted Katya who was in the middle of a Soho photoshoot and said hello. …


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It’s quite rare for me to photographs birds so when I realised I’d captured birds in flight on two occasions in the past week it made me stop and think … why? Late last night I finished reading Cuban musician Paquito D’Rivera’s memoir Letters to Yeyito. In the coda he writes: the bird, which represents, precisely because of its makeup, the very symbol of freedomfrom infancy we learn …the loss or limitation of our right to move freely is the most feared and effective punishment applicable. I highlighted the paragraphs as it verbalised an instinctive feeling.

The photo…


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The days are noticeably short and dark at the moment and I’ve intuitively been seeking light and colour. Last week I visited the Tate Britain; I’d pre-booked tickets and my chosen day turned out to be one of heavy rain. Since the start of the Pandemic in March I’ve embraced an ongoing challenge to be adaptable and make the best of things. So the seasonal illuminated facade created by artist Chila Burman provided an opportunity to incorporate the elements in my images. …


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It’s late November; we’re approaching the end of the second London Lockdown and the temperature has dropped. My husband works out of our spare room which is basically a home office, and as an alternative to the living room sofa I often find myself ‘operating from bed’, with the duvet and heat from my laptop keeping me warm. The other day, noticing that my feet and hands were still cold I recalled one of my ideas for a new blogpost concerning the representation of hot water bottles.

The first photograph I remember taking on this theme was ten years ago…


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In this post I’m featuring new images taken in the last month that contain references to nature’s golden and metallic hues, and combining them with visual associations photographed in previous Novembers. The journey starts locally, just up the road to me. A pile of golden fallen leaves is juxtaposed with a rolled up Persian rug outside Kasra Carpets on Highgate Road, late October 2020:


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Today is Cuban singer Omara Portuondo’s 90th birthday. I suddenly remembered the time some twenty years ago when I was working at the BBC and encountered her in the Ladies loos. Despite her being a huge star, she was very gracious and obliging, letting me photograph her whilst at the sink washing her hands:

Mish Aminoff

Photographer and interdisciplinary artist living in London; photography-based blogs combining image and commentary.

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