The why, the what and the who
If you are reading this, then you've volunteered to be a part of an exciting new project that I've been dreaming up.
When wedding season goes into hibernation, I have a little more time to cultivate my creative side, and this particular project is quite dear to my heart.
At first I was just imagining a couple of beautiful images that had a bit of an ethereal vibe and that would be fun to create.
But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to add a theme to the project. I wanted each image to have it's own story but to be part of a larger collection. I wanted the theme to be important and relevant, with the images opening a dialogue with it's viewers.
To me, the choice was obvious.
Gender Equality. It's a topic that is close to my heart.
By gender equality I'm not advocating radfem ideals or man hating.
I'm also very aware that the most urgent equality issues are not problems in our very lucky first world country - child marriage, education rights, legal rights of rape victims - these are all extremely important issues that need to be talked about, but they aren't what this project is about.
All I'm out to do is create some beautiful images that have a little meaning behind them. The topics I'm portraying are first world issues that aren't meant to create triggers or upset anyone. They are simply an image of women in the twenty-first century.
Now I don't know all of you. This topic may be off putting for some. If so, that's totally okay! I'm not here to force my views on anyone and I certainly don't want anyone to feel uncomfortable at all.
What exactly are we photographing?
Below I've written a guideline of each image/series. I've assigned a model to each. I'm still in the planning stage - costumes and locations for each are still being sorted, but this is where we will start. Each image will be taking on a different issue, and while I have an idea of what I want each of them to look like, this may change on the day.
Oh, I've also decorated it with images from my fave Annie Leibovitz because it's the sort of vibe I'll be going for in general and because her images are crazy awesome.
For each model there will be one main, fully edited image plus some additional images taken at the same time. Both the art piece and the finished portfolio pieces will be available for the models and vendors to use.
Speaking of vendors, we have some talented vendors on board already - Katie Berry MUA, Tangelz Hair Studio, The Dress Collective. Make sure you show them some love - they are donating their time and expertise to this shoot!
ISSUE: THE UNDER REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN THE MEDIA
In the top ten highest grossing movies this year there were a total of 831 character roles. Women made up 258, or 30 percent of them.
There were a total of 140 production roles (producers, writers, directors), and women filled just 27 of them.
A full 8 of the top 10 movies featured an “all-male cast” of writers and directors.
70% of front page newspaper stories are granted to men even though there are equal number of men and women in the profession.
And this is actually an improvement on past years.
Sophia, all dressed up and ready to go, is censored by the tape across her mouth.
She is front lit, with flared lighting behind her to depict stage lighting.
ISSUE: THE GLASS CEILING
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ISSUE: THE GLASS CEILING
The unseen, yet unbreachable barrier that keeps minorities and women from rising to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifications or achievements.
Emma, dressed in a mans suit, quite literally under a glass ceiling...perhaps with a hammer ready to smash through it.
ISSUE: INTIMIDATION AND AGRESSION
Women have been intimidated, abused and used throughout history. 98% of sex offenders are men. A staggering 45% of European women (with similar statistics here) experience some form of physical or sexual violence. Articles such as this one are a society norm.
Maggie is sitting down facing the camera. She is graceful and not showing fear - it's a feeling she is used to. The body of a bulky man looms behind her. (His face will not be in the shot so a local man isn't depicted as intimidating)
ISSUE: INEQUALITY IN SPORTS
From pay discrepancies, to under-coverage of ability vs over-coverage of appearance, we have a long way to go before top athletes are considered equal as their male counter-parts.