My goal within my photography is to create powerful images with a lasting impact. Using photography as a way to speak up on issues that matter to me, I aim to raise more awareness on mental health and equality and aim to be diverse in my work. I acknowledge that the fashion and beauty industry can have negative impacts on people including the models that work within the industry. My goal is to therefore create an inclusive, ethical and accommodating environment within my shoots to help promote a more positive workspace for all those on set, hopefully having a positive impact both within and outside of the industry.
Just over a year ago in 2021, I started writing. Just little bits here and there. I wasn’t sure what the words were at first – lyrics maybe? Then I realised they were stories, reflecting both my inner truth and my imagination.
In this time I wrote over 60 stories, some just a couple of lines, some more detailed. When it came to this project, I realised I was not alone in my stories. They were my voice, but they spoke for others. They spoke for women.
The ‘Dear Woman’ project aims to give women the space to use their voice to tell their stories. The book created for this project contains my poems and images, as well as participants’ answers to a series of questions I posed them.
Navigating this world as a woman can be tricky. I am still on the path to finding myself as a woman, by learning more about myself and unlearning what society has been telling me. I am on this journey with other women. They teach me constantly. These relationships are so important.
I hope this project resonates with you and makes you feel seen and heard if you identify as female. I hope everyone can learn something from this project.
This project also includes an online space: ‘dearwoman.space’. This online space is a place to share the Dear Woman project. It is also a place for women to come to express themselves, find advice, gain support, etc. This is a community for women to use their voices to tell their stories and support others. Visit this site to participate.
To see my other work, check out my website www.annaross.photography or my Instagram @annaross.photography.
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