PWR is Proud to partner with Carrie Biegler, creator of the Strength Source Project, for this very special members-only happy hour. The Strength Source Project is a women's empowerment photo story project. The project works this way -- all women who participate answer the same question, which is:
"What have you done in the past or what are you doing now that has made you feel strong inside?"
All participants must email Carrie their answer prior to the event. Most of the answers are around two paragraphs long, which is long enough to provide details and to engage readers, but not so long that they say "oh I don't have the time to read this" (which happens in our digital world)! Carrie pairs the answer to the question with a portrait.
"My goal is to take a natural, authentic portrait that reflects each woman's strength," she says. "Usually I meet with women around the Philadelphia region but for this event I can meet at the restaurant, which is across from Rittenhouse Square - and we can walk outside and I can take your portrait there. I shoot the photographs one on one, not in a group setting. So everyone will not be staring at you! I also prefer to shoot outdoors because natural light is gorgeous!"
So whys Carrie working on this project? In her own words, "Last year I felt a lot of anger, frustration, and pain building up inside of me as a result of my own experiences with sexism - in all areas of my life -- as well as watching it play out in the current political arena. I wanted to do something with those bottled up feelings -- so I decided to use that negative energy and push it out into the world in a positive way -- by lifting women up. I love photography (I have an MFA in photo) so using something I love seemed like the best route."
The project is meant to empower, to foster reflection, and to build connections between women (none of us are alone!)
You can view the full project on the website: