So I watched Oprah last night. I don't always. I don't usually. But yesterday, when I saw it was about the world-wide plight of women in developing nations, there was no way I was going to miss it. Thank goodness for Tivo.
I love photography. This shouldn't surprise many of you. It is the one thing, aside from my family that I am passionate about. Passionate.
The thing is, while I shoot a lot of pretty things, a lot of lovely things, a lot of esthetically pleasing things, they don't drive me. I dream of more. A lot more. Scary more.
You see, the thing that drives me, the thing that makes me want to be daring, to do things that scare me is the idea of shooting people. Foreign people. Different people. But mostly women people. With my backpack and some seriously comfortable shoes, probably more dust and less showers that I am accustomed, and Ruby at my side. (I just realized I don't believe I have introduced you to Ruby since she came to live with me on my birthday...)
Another thing that won't surprise many of you is that I too am a woman. I love women. I am proud of women. I truly deep down in my heart believe that women should support each other.
Now please don't misunderstand. While I love women, I love my husband. In a different way. Get it? Are we on the same page here? Boy, I really hope so...
So, back to women, and to Oprah~
I want to do something. Something big. And sometimes big starts small. So right now, small for me is using money I have made, as a woman, from my Etsy shop to provide microloans through Kiva. That seems to be my thing right now. Finding women around the world who want to stand up and do something for themselves and their families and simply need a little help. That is something I can do, for now. Until something bigger comes along.
And you MUST watch this - The Girl Effect - it is two and a half minutes of your life that, I believe, is worth every second. (and it makes me cry every time I watch it)
And finally, I found this incredible fantastically inspiring photographer of people. I honestly could spend hours on his web site looking at the people he has met in the most extraordinary places around this magnificent plant of ours. And he lives in France. And you know how I feel about France... Toulouse to be exact. What is it about Toulouse these days...??