Sandy’s work aims to give reverence to this world through authentic acts of empathy-driven creativity that reveal the magic which already exists within this world.
Through her art, Sandy aims to help people sit with the dichotomy of exploring the darker realities of life and still being able to find the humour and fun in it all.
Edwina Richards is a freelance commercial / art photographer specialising in social documentary and community projects.
“I love the act of making a portrait with someone, especially for the sheer joy of it, like for this project. It’s a specially fantastical, intimate and uniquely weird ritual. Just the act of seeing a person, of taking notice for a while I find consistently powerful. From that important place it can go anywhere. I’ve long admired Sandy’s courageous and hilarious take on serious play and her art making is phenomenal.
A camera is my favourite human tool. It consistently produces physical evidence that we live in a multiverse. That we see, think, feel, notice, play, live, contribute to our ecosystem in a billion different ways feels like an important thing to notice and celebrate”. - Ed
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
"A camera is my favourite human tool. It consistently produces physical evidence that we live in a multiverse. That we see, think, feel, notice, play, live, contribute to our ecosystem in a billion different ways feels like an important thing to notice and celebrate”.