How do we transform from a vision, our mind, our dreams to the paper.
How do we show the parts of us that make it to the canvas.
How do we find authenticity in our art.
The soul of our city from the hearts of the women who contribute to it with their magic.
For you and me this is true.
Such gratitude for the opportunity to reflect this to each other.
Capturing connections and building community in and around Newcastle has been my passion for the past 15 years! My images reflecting my intention of capturing the essence of peoples energy. Fun, high energy, honesty, vulnerability and lots of laughter! Focusing on local, independent businesses, personal headshots and engaging content for your social media. This project was a beautiful opportunity to step away from a specific brief and into my creativity!
- Lee Illfield
We Are is a multi-location multimedia photographic experience highlighting creative women of Newcastle, commencing on Wednesday March 8th 2023 (International Women’s Day) and culminating in a celebration event at The Lock-Up on Friday March 24th.
We Are is a portrait project featuring 20 WH!P Collective members turning their lenses towards fellow female and non-binary creatives to highlight the many benefits that a thriving and diverse artistic community bring to our region.
WH!P (Women* of the Hunter !n Photography) was founded in 2020 to embrace and create opportunities for professional photographers from the Hunter region by leveraging the combined skills, experience and credentials of its members. Fostering a culture of support, celebration, exchange, education, advocacy, action, enjoyment, play and growth, it hopes to actively raise the profile of contemporary photographic excellence, education and experimentation in the Hunter Region. WH!P works collaboratively with those both within and beyond the local area who share our belief that the world should be shown through a lens as diverse as the real world.
*all references to women/woman is inclusive of gender diverse people
WH!P’s logos and graphics designed by Laura Kent
"The soul of our city from the hearts of the women who contribute to it with their magic".