When I first started this project a few months ago, I was just planning on going into the rooms of women and capturing what I saw while interviewing them on what their room meant to them. A photo series based around the spaces women created. I wasn’t sure what my angle would be, wasn’t sure what questions I would ask. I was trying to put my project in a neatly packed box and, as usual, I spilled over the edge.
I first went to Roya’s apartment to shoot her space. We had met through mutual friends and I had seen glimpses of her room from Instagram and thought she would be interesting to interview. With my camera in hand I went to her apartment completely unprepared, and so began The Creation of Women.Roya had me feeling at ease and welcomed me into her home despite barely knowing me. She made me tea and welcomed me onto her roof to eat lunch. We wandered around Kensington market and got ice cream, all before I took a structured picture.
I found with all of the women I captured that we had to develop a relationship before anything could mutually be created. I was welcomed into these private spaces and into the lives of four amazing women. I found out intimate details of their lives which I never knew, even though two of the women were good friends of mine. I got to sit back and watch while they created music, artwork, while I created my own. Yulia took me down to her basement studio and painted while we talked about past relationships and life. Lillian played bass and I rolled a blunt while we talked about sexuality. Nicky played piano and we talked about self discovery. It was a unique experience four times over I never expected to have, one that I’m very grateful for.
This is The Creation of Women.
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