I have had two meetings since initial conception. And things are already moving ahead!
Make It Happen is the 2015 theme for International Women’s Day, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women. I intend to Make it Happen, with my own work and with the help of the women of Leeds, with that in mind I have decided to focus on the theme of the Self Portrait.
I will be facilitating a series of workshops, which will be delivered to existing women’s groups, and as drop in sessions, to work on this theme. Looking at what constitutes a self portrait, self portraits in a historical and social context, and how we deliver our stories visually.
The workshops will also have an element of writing, to accompany the stories we engage.
The workshops will be developed to celebrate achievements of women, no matter how small, and recognise themselves as strong women, and to give others hope. As a woman, this is something I often find a challenge, recognising my own strengths and achievements, I am hoping that this project will allow my own personal journey to continue and to finally believe, that “Yes, I can!”
I’m excited to say that I have the backing of Love Arts Leeds, and will be working with Priya Sidharh from One Billion Rising Leeds.
I am currently applying for funding, but would appreciate any further interest of funding and backing. I am also interested in finding workshop and exhibition space, women’s groups to participate in the workshops, printing or any other ways you feel you can help.
If you are interested in getting involved please get in touch.
Image created from ‘Selfies’ found in my phones photo albums
****Calling all women****
It’s International Women’s Day on 8th March. The theme for 2015, is ‘make it happen ‘. Recognising women’s abilities and acievements.
Which has got me thinking.
There are an amazing bunch of women amongst my friends, and I would like to do something to celebrate the rich diversity they all bring to my life.
Over the next year, I would like to meet with as many of them as I can, to hear their story and take their photograph.
I’m applying for funding, the aim is to produce a magazine and hold an exhibition for 8th March 2016.
The project will initially centre around Leeds and West Yorkshire, but I do have ambition to spread it out to the rest of the country over the next few years.
Let’s recognise our achievements, and the impact on my life and others, that all women have.
If you think you’d like to be involved then please contact me:
I’m excited to announce, that myself and photography partner Mat Dale, will be involved with the Kirkstall Art Trail.
We are focussing on our street, and have an unusual gallery where our photographic project will be displayed. We’re both looking forward to creating the work and making our own impact on our local community. Hopefully it will bring neighbours together, in an age where we often don’t know their names.
I’ll update as the project progresses, but you’ll be able to witness the whole trail on July 4th, 2015.
Our final visit was to the fish and chip shop, The Great Yorkshireman. When I originally moved to the area, it was known as Tracy’s Plaice, before it became the less pun worthy name it is now, but somewhat better for it.
The current owners, a local family team, have been there for 8 months, but have already managed to improve on business by catering more for their immediate environment, local businesses such as the Border Agency up the road. And also occasionally for my tea, I can say with satisfaction, they do make some damn fine fish and chips.
Now that the project is reaching it’s conclusion, I am concentrating on putting the book together ready for the exhibition. We spent the final two sessions editing down our images and writing up the interviews we’d conducted with each business. I’m looking forward to seeing the fruits of our labour!
What a character Lez is! A gents hairdresser, 25 years in Kirkstall, his shop is quite the statement on Kirkstall Road. He is a friendly chap, with quite the banter, and this is proven with his loyal clientele.
His shop is a photographers dream, quirky and full of character. For a story, Lez is an anthology of tales, he has a history dating back quarter of a decade in this area, and has heard voices from a variety of folk, and faced many changes.
I’m looking forward to seeing our images as a collective, it’s already apparent what differences people pick up on, even when faced with the same subject.
With only business left to visit, the project is approaching it’s conclusion.