Women Empowered

When first assigned the last series of this semester I knew that I wanted to do something meaningful. The first image that popped in mind was one of a woman in a long flowing gown holding a firearm. I wanted to depict a beautiful, strong woman empowered. With much discussion and research I decided to rework the image. I wanted to continue with the empowered woman idea but I did not want to seem as though I was tossing what makes me feel empowered onto other women. So, I decided to ask a few women what empowered them and photograph them with an item that represents their empowerment. In doing this I discovered more than just MY empowerment......

I have included an image of myself. Pictured here is an AR 15 that my husband built. I was asked why this is empowering to me. I have to answer by saying that there is something about standing face on to a target lifting the sights to my eye taking aim and pulling the trigger. The challenge of hitting in the proper place and the ability to look back to a smiling husband. This is only one of many things that make me feel empowered. 

I have included an image of myself. Pictured here is an AR 15 that my husband built. I was asked why this is empowering to me. I have to answer by saying that there is something about standing face on to a target lifting the sights to my eye taking aim and pulling the trigger. The challenge of hitting in the proper place and the ability to look back to a smiling husband. This is only one of many things that make me feel empowered. 

This woman finds empowerment when her inhibitions are freed. With a bottle of vodka a cigarette in her fingers and her shades on. 

This woman finds empowerment when her inhibitions are freed. With a bottle of vodka a cigarette in her fingers and her shades on. 

This woman finds empowerment in fitness. "something more empowering in my life that has become a daily routine and a way of life.  I do Strength Training, Kick Boxing, Pilates, elliptical, bike riding, yoga, step aerobics and I run.  My focus on fitness for the past year has empowered me to continue to be smoke free and challenges me in ways I never thought possible."

This woman finds empowerment in fitness. "something more empowering in my life that has become a daily routine and a way of life.  I do Strength Training, Kick Boxing, Pilates, elliptical, bike riding, yoga, step aerobics and I run.  My focus on fitness for the past year has empowered me to continue to be smoke free and challenges me in ways I never thought possible."

This woman finds empowerment on her motorcycle. 

This woman finds empowerment on her motorcycle. 

This woman finds empowerment shooting.....'carrying my walther ppk 380'

This woman finds empowerment shooting.....'carrying my walther ppk 380'

This woman finds empowerment in education.... ' what empowers me is knowledge…. When I learn more I feel empowered. This is how ... I learn something new> it amazes me > I realize how little I knew about the subject and feel so much better learning more> then I want to share it with people that’s why I like to teach and speak about what I learn and it makes me want to go back and learn more… It is a cycle"

This woman finds empowerment in education.... ' what empowers me is knowledge…. When I learn more I feel empowered.

This is how ...

I learn something new> it amazes me > I realize how little I knew about the subject and feel so much better learning more> then I want to share it with people that’s why I like to teach and speak about what I learn and it makes me want to go back and learn more… It is a cycle"

This series is ended with another photo of me. This series has really struck me in a way I never imagined. I have to admit that I hit a wall. I was discouraged and completely unsure of what I was doing. This is a very intense project. I discovered that within each of these photos a piece of me is represented. I think that it is interesting that we encounter people that allows us to connect to a different part of ourselves. I have a connection with each of these women and all the women that I contacted to do this project. It can be intimidating to capture an image of an individual attempting to represent a piece of their lives. In doing this project I fell apart as a photographer and am being built back up in a new way. This project is something that I want to continue. I would like to find myself in future photos as I have in these. 

This series is ended with another photo of me. This series has really struck me in a way I never imagined. I have to admit that I hit a wall. I was discouraged and completely unsure of what I was doing. This is a very intense project. I discovered that within each of these photos a piece of me is represented. I think that it is interesting that we encounter people that allows us to connect to a different part of ourselves. I have a connection with each of these women and all the women that I contacted to do this project.

It can be intimidating to capture an image of an individual attempting to represent a piece of their lives. In doing this project I fell apart as a photographer and am being built back up in a new way. This project is something that I want to continue. I would like to find myself in future photos as I have in these. 

AFTER THE PRESENTATION: I was asked several questions and became super emotional, maybe too emotional, but that is who I am. I really appreciate all the help from the ladies that I got to photograph. I look forward to continuing this project with a new light!