Women of Sport - The Real Me explores the real lives of Britain’s sportswomen, both able-bodies and para-sport behind the falseness of ‘Living My Best Life’ portrayed in everyday social and mainstream media. In a world of airbrushing and portraying that every day is a good day on social media, or being de-humanised for the purpose of selling products, newspapers and print media, female athletes are not shown in the same way a male athlete would be. Often a female athlete is asked to portray an image they are not comfortable with, are judged on looks alone and are not recognised for the talents they have worked hard and would like to be remembered for.
Women of Sport - The Real Me captures a portrait of British female athletes where and how they train, separating them for a moment from the world we usually see them in. Each athlete will be photographed in clothing they wear every day to illustrate and open a window into their lives to show them how they look when not on show and being told what to wear. As the Father of a teenage daughter, I know how influential the images that people see falsely shapes the life and confidence of others and I aim to create a powerful and insightful body of work for exhibition to open a conversation regarding influence, confidence and image.
Women of Sport - The Real Me includes athletes, both well-known and not so well-known from a range of sports including, but not limited to athletics, motorsport, winter sports, football, tennis, rugby, cricket, swimming, equestrian and water sports.
The concept for Women In Sport - The Real Me came about after watching a Swarovski film prior to the Women's World Cup, where Fran Kirby stated she didn’t like it when they always try to put her in a sparkly dress for press shoots when she’d rather be wearing a tracksuit. That started the cogs in my head turning and I came up with the idea to shoot a series of portraits of female athletes shot the casual way a male athlete would usually be shot. Basically, wearing the clothes the athlete would usually wear day-to-day - the clothes they’d wear when not competing and the clothes the sportswoman likes to wear and posing in a comfortable way and not in the usual way female athletes are portrayed.
I am currently putting together athletes from across sport for this, including motor-racing, winter sports and swimming and would love to include leading British athletes in a variety of disciplines.
The photographs will be a studio-lit shot on location. Ideally, I would like to shoot this where the athlete trains, although I know this isn’t always possible, so am more than happy to find somewhere suitable. I think it would take around 25 minutes of your time and I am happy to work around your schedule to fit it in.s that would like to be involved.
If you are an athlete and interested in taking part in Women In Sport - The Real Me, please get in touch with me by emailing