It does not happen very often that I turn a camera on myself, my inner feelings and my daily life. I prefer not to be the subject of my own photographs. That is why these photographs are not specifically focused on myself but try to portray a sense of who I am and how I feel about being a woman through landscapes and such. For me, 'I am a Woman’ is about trying to find some sort of freedom without restrains, trying to do what all of us, women, want to do without any unnecessary complications and negativity. Similarly, 'I am a Woman' is about trying to fight against every day’s struggles by turning my camera on other elements in my life that make me satisfied, calm and serene. The photographs were taken in - for me - one of the most tranquil places that I have ever been to. When being in Normandy, I was focusing on landscapes that were almost uninhabited, empty and felt deserted to show the way I personally felt when I was there. Thus, I would like to show these images that for me represent slowness, freedom, softness but also a sense of good energy. I consider nature as one of the environments, where connecting with my inner-self is the easiest. There is no feeling of any burden of time, other individuals or anything else that worries me. It is a place for me to always re-discover and remind myself, why I feel grateful and extremely happy about being a woman.
Michaela is a photographer based between London and Bratislava. Besides currently pursuing an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, she is focusing on personal, documentary projects as well. When it comes to her photographic work, it usually consists of landscapes, still life and portraits. Coming from a journalistic background, she often tries to include text or bits of interviews into the work to support it with some written background. Similarly, her projects often encompass archival imagery, video or participatory photography with another individual. Her practice wishes to rethink the notions of memory, home, belonging and own family roots.
Alongside our second print issue, shado has produced a 3-month photography project with 18 photographers around the world where each photographer has responded to the brief I AM A WOMAN.
There is no one way of defining what it personally means to identify as a woman – and we wanted to leave it to a community of photographers to open up these interpretations.
Print Quality: 600 dpi
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