Never underestimate the power of a woman with a camera.
It's written on her jacket, so it must be true 😂
Helen Westerbeke (AKA 'the leopardess') is a street photographer from Wellington, down in Dunedin for the 66th National Convention of the Photographic Society of New Zealand. A show considerably more fun than it's name. 😉
Whenever I started going to photography shows or clubs back during the Cretaceous Period, it was an almost exclusively male (old beardy ones at that) enterprise.
Thank goodness that's changing rapidly.
I don't know if it's approaching parity, but I know the Wedding and Portrait side of things will be majority women's work in a year or two.
I approached photography from a gear centric direction and learned empathy.
All the women I know started with emotional connection intact and learn the details later. A distinct advantage from my point of view.
Many the people whose style informed modern photography were women who had to bypass culture and ignorance to make the art that lived in their hearts and minds.
They were the 'exception' in many opinions.
I prefer to be greatful they're better described now as 'exceptional!' and remarkable for thier skills rather than gender.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention Dorothea Lange, who had to be snuck into employment - but nonetheless changed the world, and my understanding, with her photos.