“Sharing our experiences and hopes and fears is what makes for good companionship. Let’s not be afraid to open up to others and to listen in turn to what they have to say. We will all feel better if we do, and perhaps we’ll open our hearts in the process.”
At the beginning there were two of us. Beata Moore and me. We met while working on a project totally unrelated to photography. It didn’t take long and we found out that we shared the same passion. That was 16 years ago. Since then we have never stopped talking about photography, sharing our thoughts, ideas, little successes and disappointments. Sharing our journeys and watching each other develop into who we are today. However our world was somehow insular. We didn’t use the internet as much, and sharing our images with the outside world was much more complicated in the times of film cameras.
With the introduction of digital cameras and social media, our world opened up. At the same time it opened up a lot of opportunities for us to be a part of it. The more we got to know the world of landscape photography the more we realised how few women are being published or even mentioned in media. We could not believe that women are not simply interested in the great outdoors. So we decided to look for them. That’s when the idea of starting the Landscapes by Women group was born. The idea of creating a friendly community in which we can support and inspire one another, share our work, thoughts and experiences. At the same time we would like to increase the visibility of women in landscape photography, change the overall perception, and perhaps help bring a better balance into this area.
After running the group for a few months we decided it was time to meet in person. We chose an autumnal date, the most beautiful season of the year for spectacularly colourful scenes, in the Lake District. One of England’s most stunning areas. The first time we met, we felt like we already knew one another for a long time. We spent two amazing days talking, walking, taking photographs and most of all, having fun. During that time I realised that I just loved watching all these women, who didn’t know of one another a few months ago, enjoying each other’s company, sharing their ideas, planning new ventures, and even forming friendships. It was a truly wonderful experience to get to know some of the people behind all those stunning images we had been sharing for months. I already look forward to our next trip, and meeting those who couldn’t make it this time.
At the beginning there were two of us. Today there are twenty two of us. That’s only counting the UK contributors to our website. However our Facebook page and Flickr group are open to women from all over the world. Our group is still growing and we are hoping that we will inspire more women to get out there and follow their heart in pursuing their love for art.
If you would like to know more about us, please follow the links below:
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LandscapesByWomen
Flickr group: www.flickr.com/groups/landscapesbywomen