As part of the annual POW! Thanet (Power of Women) festival, I have curated this online exhibition of selected female portraits from my portfolio.
Women of all ages are featured, spanning the globe including the UK, India, Nepal, Italy, France, Guatemala, The Bahamas, Mexico and Belize. The majority of images are reportage, though some stem from commissions for various projects including a book on dying Indian farming traditions; on-set stills taken at Ealing Studios; and street photography in Rome to accompany a film documentary.
The video is accompanied by beautifully melodic and uplifting music, composed and arranged by Tony Tooke using various instruments including piano, double bass and violin.
Although the photographs were taken globally they don’t feel disjointed to me. There seems to be a unifying sense of quiet dignity, resilience and presence. And while I don’t personally know any of the people featured – in fact many would have been oblivious to me photographing them – I strangely feel like I do know them, and that I have had a fleeting insight into their lives just from their expressions, the clothes they wear, or the way that they hold themselves. Each picture makes me feel proud – both of them and of womanhood in general.
“Here’s to strong women. May we know them; may we be them; may we raise them.” (anonymous)