About the Book
Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them. Inspired by International Women’s Day, I photographed 52 ladies – one for each week. The project was driven by the desire to give these ladies a chance to empower themselves through having their portrait taken and partaking in the interview process. The quote that drives this project is written above and this series features women of all ages including three generations of my family. This series will explore what it is to be female in 2018, especially in Canberra, and I want to encourage discussion around this topic, as well as what determines an artistic portrait. This is because I believe that smiling portraits of loved ones can be also art. It’s about highlighting the beauty in those we love by empowering them to love images of themselves. The ladies I photographed all expressed relief at their portraits being in black and white. I want to explore why women find black and white comforting and I want to give my ladies a chance to bring their loved ones to the exhibition so they can feel proud to be a part of the series. For me, the project is as much about the photos on the walls as what the ladies get out of it – a chance to love themselves photographically and through their own words. The best feedback from participants has been how partaking has crystallised ‘what is truly valuable and constructive’ in their life and that while they previously had felt too timid to pose in front of a camera, now they wanted to do it more! I want to empower my ladies to see themselves how I see them – Strong. Wise. Creative. Kind. Inspiring. Passionate. Brave. Vulnerable. Generous. Quirky. Brilliant. Adventurous. Conidant. Soft. Daring. Compassionate. Funny. Extraordinary. Bold.