Hanna Hervall – Photographer & Director » Visual and soulful storytelling

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Meet the Wonder Women

Im not sure if men feel the same, but as women we often carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. We want passion in our lives, we want purpose, we want to help our fellow humans and our planet. We want to be the great friend, the perfect mother, have the organised life, the rewarding career and on top of all that stay happy and healthy. Deep down I know for sure that something isn’t right when we have to fight so hard for something that should be so easy. Living life. It’s like our society have been slowly programming us for the average life, slowly programming us to accept that we cannot have all that. A joyous and purposeful life.  We see ourselves not as the powerful beings that we truly are, but merely as our roles in society. The focus is on what we manage to do, not who we are.

We are unconsciously conditioning ourselves to accept limits, accept average, accept overwhelm and constant disappointment as part of life. How many do you know who love what they see in the mirror? How many do you know who believe in themselves 100%? How many do you know who doesn’t complain or judge ever? How many do you know that doesn’t care what other people say or think? How many do you know that have a burning desire for something bigger? How many do you know that can be fully present in the moment, or in a conversation? In my opinion, not enough. Compare your adult self to how you were as a child, what is different?  Your belief in you… your energy. The world does not need changing, we need to change. Our intuition has been telling us all along. When we first started to slip it was whispering, many of us didn’t listen.  Now that little voice inside is screaming. My inner voice is certainly screaming, and I can see it in others too. There is a big shift happening, a collective awakening.

This workshop was an experiment. How well do these women know themselves? How do they see themselves? Who are they? This workshop was about giving these women their power back. I wanted to see if it could be witnessed through the lens.  With a few lines they had to describe to me who they were, nothing about what they did, only who they were. Most had troubles with the task, some didn’t even want to do it. In the end they all found the perfect words and it was beautiful to read. Once you see the photos there is no need to explain further.

What you will now see was not the women who arrived on the beach that morning. This it what became of them once they embraced the truth and eventually dug up what had been hidden for so long. They lifted each other up. To me it is evident that we need to spend more time with people who lift us up. Meet the Wonder Women. An extraordinary transformation, a shift in their thoughts,  a change of state. It’s like they suddenly remembered.

Ps. Some of these photos were taken by the workshop attendees, only they will know themselves which ones. To my Wonder Women, thank you for trusting me, thank you for being so open and willing. It was a dream come true to create something like this.

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