“Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling.”
― Roman Payne, The Wanderess
It is no secret that as women, we have all been redefining our place in this world. It becomes increasingly clear that we have a choice in how we present ourselves. As photographers, it is our job to present truth and the beauty within it. There is a push and pull between our desires, our responsibilities, and expectations placed upon us by the world. It is tempting to simply throw up our flag of surrender and convince ourselves that these limitations are not all that important. However, they are.
If your hope is that this group of all female photographers wanted to bring you a pretty girl in a pretty dress, then you have come to the wrong place. Those that truly display strength and femininity inspired this project. Too often we are told that beauty is quiet, non-confrontational, and looks like something none of us understand. However, this project stands on the notion that you cannot be feminine if you are not strong, if you are not brave, and if you believe that beauty cannot exist with
The Traveling Dress Project is unique insofar as it provides a voice without speaking. It plays on the idea that silence is no longer our limitation. You are welcome to gaze upon these pieces and realize that silence does not exist for us. We will speak regardless of who is listening because out strength radiates through mediums. And while Louisa May Alcott may claim “Let us be elegant, or die”, we say that is bullshit
because we create our own elegance.
I want to thank all of the participants in the group for their creative expressions of power and femininity. Michelle Fernandes Fox, Abi Kent, Taylor Lange, Kristina Yamamoto, Jasmine Abbey and Brandy Britton. And Mariona from Mimetik BCN for the donation of the stunning gown.