Mahmudul Hoque Moni*
Reflective Practice and Social Change module at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) inspired me to write a reflective piece on myself. I have been a photographer for the last eight years, and I have made a number of documentary films including a short video on the British Library for Development Studies (BLDS)1 this year. Earlier I showcased my photographs at the event ‘150 Shades of Perspective: A photographic exhibition’ at IDS which mostly depicted my journey at the UK and in the IDS. These activities prompted me towards reflecting on my own life. As a student of development studies, I find it worth to critically think about the impact of development policies on various spheres of my life.
Rather than worrying about how good we are at something when we surrender to our practice, it leads the way. And if it has heart, it likely will have staying power (Horwitz, 2002:12).
My interest to write fiction and mix it with embodied writings arose out of my daily walk to university this second term. Through both these methods, in this essay, I reflect on the importance of reflective practice for daily life, in particular, in the professional development field as a way to transform power dynamics. The aim of this paper is to reflect on what reflective practice means for international development and social change, how reflection supports us and the people with whom we work.