About This Project
The “Women of Strength” Photography Project came to life in 2015 after a single portrait was made of a young, professional woman from Manchester, New Hampshire. Her story was inspiring. It would start in Africa in 1990, and take her and her family from Sudan to the United States to seek a better life. She is a fighter and continues to make a difference today.
The vision is to photograph and interview 12 women in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts and north into southern New Hampshire, who have, in their personal or professional lives, achieved something extraordinary, greater than themselves, given back to the community, and who have improved and paved the way for other women in all walks of life and professions.
The goal is to combine interview quotes with large, framed, black and white environmental portraits for a traveling show. The shows will be hosted by and at organizations represented by both men and women, women’s organizations, women-run businesses, public libraries, art galleries, and larger venues at university and corporate settings. Both phase 1 and 2 will produce six images each, with separate funding events for each phase.
There is a follow-up project planned to fund a coffee table book of the photographs from this first project and include additional images, and full interviews with the women. The initial project (in two phases) is to produce 12 images and personal stories over the next 12 months for show openings and public discussions planned for 2018.
*** In the spirit of surprise and presenting only our very best work, the images found here and in the Kickstarter campaign, are actual photos from the photo sessions, but are not the final images to be presented in the traveling gallery shows. Only the best will make it to the show.
The purpose of the project is to highlight these women, tell their stories, and create discussions from the photographic images and text, which aims to inspire women of all ages to become leaders in their own lives. With the show traveling to women-focused and other organizations, the show may be used as a fundraising activity by showing the artwork and sharing the women’s stories.
About The Creative Team
Scot Langdon is a photojournalist and commercial photographer with 30 years of experience. Scot began his career in the news industry, working for community and regional metro daily newspapers covering features, news, politics, sports, and spot news stories. In 1985, Scot traveled to the mountains of Israel and lived and photographed life on a kibbutz, or work community. Currently he enjoys working with individuals, companies, non-profit organizations, and publications to communicate their image and stories through his photographs. His passion is capturing the personality of his subjects in their natural surroundings. Scot’s work can be found at http://www.longhillphoto.com .
Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor who enjoys working with individuals, organizations, and businesses to help them tell their stories. With an MBA, and an MA in writing, Lisa has written individual and business profiles for community newspapers, regional magazines, non-profit and university blogs, and industry success stories, case studies, white papers, and more. Her tagline is, “your words, only better.” Lisa’s can found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisajjackson .
Our Plan of Action
We are fundraising in a two-phased approach in order that we establish a credible track record for phase 2. Phase 1 is to raise enough money to provide for 6 of the 12 framed images and written biographies. Once we have funding to show off one of the 6 images, we will use that to demonstrate the success for more funding from public, private and corporate donors.
The “Women of Strength Photo Project” is not registered as a non-profit 501 (c), but all funds raised are going directly to our actual costs to produce this important project and the follow on book. Any additional money received will be donated to a yet to be determined non-profit organization benefitting women. As a result, we are asking for private and public funding to make this project a success. We have completed a budget and seeking funding sources through sponsors, corporate donations, starting with a Kickstarter campaign on March 8th, International Women’s Day. If you work for a company or organization that donates to good causes, please let them know about our project.
Scot Langdon, Founder, Photographer – “Women of Strength” Photo Project
(603) 801-7473 – Scot@longhillphoto.com
Where will the artwork go after the shows?
The final home for the work may be an organization chosen by an independent group or sold off through fundraising, or may be donated to an organization supporting the “Women of Strength” mission.
(c) Copyright 2017 Scot Langdon / Longhillphoto.com