Every year the International Women’s day is a very celebrated day in many countries worldwide. This year it would be a very special one for me as it is also my first time I participate at a vernissage.
Some months ago I had the possibility to be part of a group of female photographers who would show their photography in a vernissage in a small town or village hall in a renominated place called Scharbeutz. The village is located at the Baltic Sea and and by car just half an hour off Lübeck.
The vernissage was dated for the 8th March, the International Women’s Day. Till Christmas I even didn’t think one time about it but with the new year I got panic. What kind of photos? Which size? Frames? How many? Help!
So I had to shoot some completely new, others I already had and within a few weeks I decided and prepared all. Of course the main theme was female: to show what for everyone of us means to have the own ‘room’ or space, the personal freedom.
On 6th March 19 women came together to put their arts on the walls of the village hall in Scharbeutz. None of us knew what the others decided to put out and so the surprise was complete. One vernissage with 19 different exhibitions.
Saturday 8th March at 4 pm hundreds of people came into the small hall. The curator hold a great speech. The artists had prepared some snacks and drinks.
It came to a full success, more people coming in till 6 pm, discussing the photos so different between each others and admiring ideas and techniques.
I had my personal favorites as well. And I was so glad that there was another young woman to put some food photography as she loves to bake which means a personal freedom for her.
Some feel just watching the sea is the moment they really feel free, or they feel secure and free of all in their garden or traveling around the world.
That is one part of my freedom as well: traveling around as I like, and take decisions for myself without doing what other people want me to do, express myself through writing and having a shower also in the middle of the night if I like.
I am really thrilled about this vernissage, my very first and I believe not my last one. Maybe my photos are not that spectacular but they express myself and what is guiding my life. The next one will be better prepared as now I have a better direction and know what I like, how I want to present myself.
There were a lot of incredibly interesting talks and discussions with the other photographers and I am so glad to exchange opinions, point of views and ideas with them.
By the way: my shoes took some attention from the photos!
Here are the ladies and some of their photography (mine you can see on the first photo of this post):
Sabine von Netz:
A big THANK YOU to the curator Tanja Gorodiski who managed all at perfection and gave us the opportunity for this great experience!
For further information:
Town Hall Scharbeutz
Monday to Thursday 8.30 am to 12.30 am
Thursday 2 pm to 6 pm
Vernissage from 8th March to 4th May 2014
Shoes by Irregular Choice