Aisha Diandra Visual Arts

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Unleashed 2019 + My Return to Portraiture

It has been a long time since I have photographed people. I never stopped doing photography, but after years of not doing portraits, I decided it was time to get back into it - I did get my degree from shooting people after all.

There was no better way than to make my portraiture renaissance by shooting Pole Divas’ largest events - Unleashed. I was actually one of the finalists in the competition, which was a fair bit of pressure to begin with being my first big stage competition, but as an overachiever who loves a challenge, I couldn’t help but volunteer to do backstage shots and take photos of the performers from side stage as a backup photographer.

I was reminded of how much I loved capturing moments with people and editing the photos afterwards was a lot of fun too. I am also thankful for my dear friend Kikki of Kikki Creative for taking over with photography during the Elite division as I had to prepare for my performance in the division. I wouldn’t have trusted anyone else with the job, and she did fantastically, giving me plenty of images to edit after.

I’ve added my favourite shots in an album on the website - there were a lot of photos!

I actually meant to publish this blog post and finish the page for Unleashed on here last month, but had issues uploading and got side-tracked with training for another competition and other art jobs.

Since Unleashed, I’ve been fortunate to have shoots with two friends who have helped me get back into photographing people. I’m definitely a little rusty, but am falling in love with it again after such a long hiatus. Developing my drawing skills over the last couple years has been incredible and I’m not about to give it up, but it is nice to explore and develop my other creative outlets. Expect to see a lot more variety in the media I use in the rest of this year, because since I’ve started competing in pole events, I’ve also gotten back into sewing and other crafts like sculpture to create my costumes and props.