I interview my subjects and videotape the conversation. I have generated some basic questions but they definitely require more thought. I want to provoke deep emotion from my subjects and find what makes them tick and what makes each of them unique.
The second part of the project is to photograph each subject as how society perceives her and as she perceives herself. This could be 2 more images, but could extend to several images of the subject depending on how she classifies herself. If the subject classifies herself as society perceives her than 1 image will suffice, however, I'd like to think that women have several layers and possess multiple identities, but I suppose it isn't a bad thing if how society perceives her is how she perceives herself. That in itself could prove to be interesting.
This is fairly new ground for me as a photographer since I do not normally set up my images nor do I usually take portraits. Although I am not skilled in either of these arenas yet, I find a very strong connection to this project already. I find it interested how women are treated/viewed/discussed/delineated in today's society and I am impressed every day with how we deal with the pressures of being female on a day to day basis.
I have also taken an interesting twist on the project and decided to make it more personal. As I continue documenting women over the next several months, I plan to create video diary entries in addition to this blog to document my own personal growth. I too will be a subject in this search for identity, since that is what ultimately what started this project rolling. I have a number of other subjects on board and am constantly looking for more women of all ages, races, ethnicity, socio-economic backgrounds, sexualities.
My First Subject:
I have conducted my first interview with my first subject and friend named Kelly. The interview was alright, but I definitely feel like I can get more with more thought provoking questions. I understood coming into this project that my first couple interviews will be more rocky before I understand what I'm really trying to accomplish and what kind of answers I'm after so I'm currently rethinking my questions.
Today, Kelly took me down to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and I got to understand a bit more about what she does at her job and what the Animal Rescue League does as a whole. I walked around the facility and got to meet some of the animals being rescued/treated/sheltered by the facility.
This is Kelly and Sidney!
This pretty lady is Lolita! Her tongue is a little too big for her mouth!
Kelly and Lolita
Then I got to play with Sidney!
This is only the beginning of a long adventure ahead into meeting subjects, whether it's via cold calling, through friends or just meeting someone who strikes my interest... if you know of someone who might be interested in being a part of the project please let me know. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.