I’m usually pretty quiet about my social and political views on social media. Some people, I’m sure, may criticize me for this. Silence is the least effective way to create change, I know. It’s really not that I don’t wildly support feminism and equality for everyone. I absolutely do and I try my best to put that into practice every day. I just don’t often know how to express what isn’t already being said. This is why photography means so much to me. In a way unique to only me, the things that make my heart sing, the things I want to advocate for, are expressed. Only they’re expressed through image instead of word. I’m still working on grasping the kind of writer I want to be but when all else fails, I know how to capture what I believe in and share it with whatever audience will listen and for now, I think that’s okay. The truth is, I’m still figuring out where my opinions stand in this world. As I work on becoming more vocal and more confident in my views, my good ol’ Nikon and I will do our best to be a voice.
That being said, a new kind of energy flowed through my veins as I attended the International Women’s Day march and rally on Saturday. I took the day off work as I was extremely disappointed I couldn’t be a part of the march in January. These moments and unity amongst people deserve to be frozen in time. It was invigorating and eye opening and completely inspirational. Should I have been surprised? Definitely not. The amount of resistance and spirit I’ve seen demonstrated over the past fews months has been incredible and refreshing. I am so proud to be surrounded by people who aren’t afraid to speak up and stand up. I don’t know if much else needs to be said right now. I just wanted to have a little piece of this day to share with the world. There’s a lot going on around us right now worth shaming but amidst all of that, there are moments like this. As unfortunate as it is that they need to happen, I hope they can restore your faith that we can do anything if we work together as a team.