Is taking all of this week’s pictures from my window a cool artistic project or a cop out? This week has been a fail on the photography front, partly because it is now dark most of the time I’m not working and partly because I have an exam next week and sitting inside cramming for that had to take priority.
I am feeling cautiously optimistic about my exam. This one is a lot more mathematical than part one, which I passed in July. I spent many hours studying maths at school and university, so this syllabus comes a lot more straightforwardly to me than learning regulatory principles by rote. I am still unsure about whether or not I want to stay in finance – on the one hand, it is interesting, dynamic, immediate and well paid, and now that the bulk of my work is in sustainable finance it feels a lot more purposeful too. But on the other hand, it is well known to be an industry rife with inflated pay packets, greed and nefarious behaviour, which doesn’t scan as well with my little idealistic heart. Anyway, in case it does continue to form part of my career, it seemed worth becoming marginally more qualified to write about the market. Regardless of where my work takes me, I know I will be so grateful to have spent (at least) a few years getting a practical crash course in finance and economics. These are the forces that underpin the world, and to fight against inequality, climate change and other sociopolitical issues without understanding these power structures is to be sorely on the back foot. Most of my work is now in sustainable investment, which means that I spend much of my time writing about climate change, renewables, innovative agriculture and other environmental and social topics, which I love, and I could see myself continuing with, in which case passing this exam is kind of important. Keeping my camera in its case and whipping out the flashcards was my only option. Wish me luck!
I tried to make my last minute from-the-window project a little more technical by using a variety of lenses. I have been really good at experimenting with lots of different camera equipment this year and I definitely feel more capable switching between them. I have fallen in love with the macro lens in particular – the detail is stunning! I also used my standard 18-55mm kit lens and the 70-200mm zoom lens.
Our new place has beautiful big windows looking out over London. Even though this Get Snappy offering was borne from my need to spend most of the week scouring my textbook, it was cool to use the different lenses to capture what was going on right outside my home. I think this is Deptford’s inaugural photographic appearance on the blog!