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February 17, 2009
THE 50X50 Project
the 50x50 project
To my dear and remarkable female friends,
It is with great enthusiasm that I am writing you. I am embarking upon a self-propelled photographic project, entitled , The 50X50 Project. I will be photographing 50 incredible women who are ranging in the age of 50 to 59. I am interested in your personal experience and insights concerning being in this particular age group. As some of you are aware, I have recently celebrated 51 years of living life. I have found that this is a very pivotal time in my life, and I am curious as to how it is affecting other women. I will be doing a portrait of each women and writing a supporting statement or description of what this time means to her. I am asking each participant to offer a word or two that she feels best describes this time in her life. I am interested in hearing about your dreams, concerns, and ideas of happiness. Also, if you are facing extreme difficulties or challenges; either personal, physical, or financial, I want to know how this is effecting you and what key perspectives are helping you through these difficulties. I am interested in inspiring thoughts and motivational attitudes.
The purpose of this project is to create a greater understanding of ourselves and the need for unity amoung women. Life is constantly changing. We are facing a future filled with many uncertainties. It is only through a loving knowledge that we have gained over our lives, that once shared, will empower not only the current, but future generations.
Please consider sharing your insights. If you would like to be a part of this exciting project, or know of someone you would like to refer, I would love to here from you.
Here are a few details:
I am in the process of interviewing participants now. I have begun photographing those that are ready to move forward with their portrait. I have approximately 35 participants at this time. The project, therefore is still OPEN.
My full vision for this project is a fine art exhibition with a book to coincide with the imagery. I am investigating the possibilities of receiving grant support for this project. Anyone, who has information or knows of someone in the position to help female artists get monies for a project such as this, I would appreciate your assistance. Also, I am accepting OPTIONAL monetary donations from participants. It is not a requirement to participate. I believe that each and every women who comes into this project, has been brought to it for a reason and is meant to be a part of this project.
As women, we have over centuries endured many great obstacles. Being the caretakers of the world, please help me to come together to create a powerful visual voice. A voice of our strengths and abilities to change the world. With this project, it is my intention to express the unique strengths and beauty that women possess.
Thank you so much for considering this proposal. It is my sincere hope to hear from each and every one of you. It has been said that all we have to do in life, is to ask for what we want. To be clear with our intentions....And the universe will provide.
I am now asking.....
Catherine Ellen Money