Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Women of Letters

Recently had the pleasure of being asked to take photos for the WoL speaking tour (thanks Yolande!) at its stop at the National Library here in the berra.

Myself, and a sold out audience, were subsequently treated to a series of superbly orated letters written by the amazing women whose photographs are below. The subject matter of their words weaved an incredibly rich backdrop to the evening. A love letter, whose intended recipient died unexpectedly before it could ever be posted. A comment on the sometimes insurmountable obstacles of love, and the abrupt impersonality of facebook. A letter to a biological mother whom the author never knew. A cathartic goodbye to an abusive step father. A plea for humanity to a previous immigration minister, an ironic comment on the diminished value our society places on the (hand) written word, and the concurrent death of our democracy.

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to these women for their strength and courage in sharing these letters and for living the lives that they do, and my heartfelt thanks to Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire for curating such a splendid evening.

As if this speaking series wasn't already awesome enough, it simultaneously raises money for Edgars Mission,
a not for profit sanctuary for rescued farm animals. Holy-smokes-batman-awesome-feminism-raising-money-for-awesome-stuff! =).





(I wish I could have photographed/hung out with Eva for hours. A writer, feminist, sociologist, social commentator and activist, she wryly told me while I was taking her photo that she knew us photographers and all of our tricks because she used to be married to one....and that she destroyed all his negatives when they split! What a formidably awesome lady! ;))

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