As we move closer to our long awaited return to Europe, I have started work on a new project that is designed to give me a little frame of reference in my photography, as well as the opportunity to hone my skills in portraiture.
I am still forming the structure of my ‘brief’ but essentially I will be seeking out other lucky women whose pursuit of creative lives I find inspiring. By sharing their story through photography and a few words, my hope would be to inspire others in the process.
In order to work out how I might organise this project, I needed to clarify my objective. If I were to ask myself 'why I am wanting to do this?' my first response would be that I would like to set myself a task that is optimistic in its outlook. I basically want to practice my craft using a method that will affect my subjects and audience in a positive way. I also want to share the luckiest woman alive title with others because the idea of inclusiveness resonates very strongly with me. Sharing the fun of an experience is always better than doing it alone and I really like the way this undertaking will involve collaboration and offer the possibility of mutually beneficial outcomes.
Thinking about this idea has also led me to start questioning what might actually prompt someone to label themselves as lucky. I know for myself that, inspired by my self-appointed luckiest man alive, I decided eight years ago that taking ownership of the luckiest woman alive title (starting with my email address) was a way of acknowledging my own good fortune, especially at meeting my best and most beloved friend. When I asked him years later what had been his reason for choosing luckiest man alive as his email address (which he admittedly did before he met me) he said he had initially wanted to give a grateful nod to his lot in life. He then added that he also believed a little bit in the idea of ensuring a self-fulfilling prophecy… something like: ‘if you say something often enough, it will eventually be true’ which is reassuring because that is a maxim I also try to live by.
And if repeatedly declaring my good intentions so that they somehow eventuate is one of my guiding principles, then another is that it is good to surround yourself by the type of people whose most positive traits are what you aspire to demonstrate in yourself. In the same way that positive minds attract other up-tempo thinkers, creative and productive souls must surely do the same. So maybe this is my opportunity to manifest a digital sorority – a collective of creative women who exhibit some of the traits I admire most. Creativity, generosity of spirit, love, fun and intelligence all gathered under the luckiest woman alive banner. What could possibly be the harm in that?
So watch out for my upcoming portrait series… let the festival of lucky women commence!