This one’s personal, folks. On a scale of 1-10, how exciting/amazing/warm & fuzzy does it feel when you stumble upon an old object of your affection? Maybe it’s a notebook from grade school, or some old drawings of things you dreamed up, an old mix tape – there’s nothing better. I was hit with a wave of this exciting nostalgia recently when I stumbled upon (what I profess to be) several photographic works of genius that I took several years ago in a fashion photography class in London.
Though some time has passed since I first looked through the lens to capture those poignant moments in time, I can still see a clear portrayal of my passion for defining women in a fashion meets fitness collision. The ways in which women are portrayed as athletes is constantly being defined and refined – the purpose of the project I took these photographs for was to capture a glimpse of the female athlete.
When you think about it, a glimpse can be so telling. A wrinkle in time, a blink of the eye, however you choose to describe the brevity of its nature, the sheer fact of the matter is that it’s a small piece of a big pie, but that small piece is just as flavorful as the rest. This thought led me to begin to think about what defines a female athlete then, and I’m thinking the same thought today. What’s changed about that definition throughout time? When you look through the lens to capture a glimpse of the female athlete, who do you see?
If there’s anyone out there who can answer this question – it’s you – the beautiful people that define the buzz-worthy center of the fashion meets fitness Venn diagram. SO let’s hear it! Who are the people currently defining the norm, or better, the standard, for a female athlete in the year 2011? I would love to hear your thoughts – where we stand in the lineup, what direction we’re headed in, what you’d see through that lens.
Please share. More than anything, I hope to inspire, so send me what’s inspired you.