Anna Turner :: images 1, 3 | Jennifer Stenglein :: 2, 9, 17, 18, 19 | Cass Bird :: 4, 5 | Luisa Brimble :: 6 | Jessie Bush :: 7, 16 | Jessi White :: 8 | Bec Parsons :: 10, 15 | Rachel Kara Birdsall :: 11 | Zanita :: 12, 13 | Laura Allard-Fleischl :: 14 | Nicole Cooper :: 20
For the past few years, whenever International Womens Day has come around I have had a bit of a brag about one person or another who has inspired me in some way. This year I feel the need to talk of a whole bunch… Generally, creative women; specifically, photographers. Even more specifically, female photographers of the Antipodes.
Over the past month since starting school, it has become more and more apparent to me that I really feel a strong tie to female photographers, most of whom are either from Australia (and a couple from NZ), or are personal friends. I have been lucky enough to be in touch with almost every one of the talented bunch of ladies featured above (Cass and Bec I’m hunting you down next! haha), and it has only driven me to pursue my snappy-love as a career even further.
It seems in the past photography, even in fashion, has been dominated by men; and yes, they’re incredibly talented and yes, they work hard… But there’s something incredibly inspiring to me – and even a little romantic – about the idea of collaborations between wonderfully talented groups of women all styling, shooting, modelling, designing, and story telling to create all sorts of beautifully feminine things. Also, somehow the people that keep inspiring me are not the most well-known or the highest earning or the most sought-after in their field – though their work should put them in all of those places. They are mostly up-and-coming, or usually not far out of my reach in terms of being able to contact or meet them. And it’s totally unintentional… People ask me who I find inspiring and I list a bunch of people they’ve not heard of, or I list my friends. It’s just how it is…
So thank you to all the wonderful women out there capturing the world through their lenses with such exquisite points-of-view. Also thank you to all the women breaking boundaries, staying strong, being quirky, living their dreams, never giving up, and taking me under their wings. You make my life infinitely better.