|Pinky Bass #ShareYourHero|
A lot of times our hero’s are someone close to us, a family member, teacher or leader in the community, having moved away from relatives and my teachers over 2 decades ago, I look at the roll of a hero much differently than I use to. My everyday hero is no longer a person who plays a long term role in my life, instead it is a person who is inspiring, with the ability to have a positive impact on those around them, no need for accolades, just a kind hearted soul willing to share her gifts unaware they have become a hero among us.
Being a photojournalist for 16 years, I found myself displaced, newspapers were no longer employing us, I was newly divorced and nearly 40, now the monumental task of reinventing myself, while raising 4 young kids. I looked to local women for any clue as to my next step, a sign that there was more beyond the news print and all that I had worked towards to this point was not lost. Through that journey I crossed paths with a woman more than double my life experience, who during her time of grief had discovered a love for photography, she persevered through loosing her sister to cancer, divorce and a career change from missionary in Mexico to widely known artist in Alabama, and emerge with an innate ability to smile, laugh and an share her accumulation of art and music with so many. Her vast talents ranged from making a pinhole camera out of a camper to playing the cello at Sunday gatherings, she never stops living, creating, and inspiring the next generation of women artists.
In 1999, Leibovitz published Women, a book of portraits made in collaboration with Susan Sontag. The popular series of photographs was accompanied by an exhibition that opened to great acclaim at the Corocan Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Launched in London in January 2016, the UBS x Leibovitz collaboration continues to explore the changes in the roles of women today while bringing to life one of the greatest art exhibitions of the 21st century.
The tour will travel to ten host cities over the course of twelve months. Each venue will be selected based on its unique architectural context within the host city as well as its ability to attract both local and global attention.
Exhibition cities include the following:
• San Francisco
• Hong Kong
• Mexico City
• New York
To submit entries of your very own everyday women heroes by uploading portraits to Instagram and tagging the hashtag #ShareYourHero, share an Instagram photo and caption that tells the story of their personal hero. Photos will be automatically retrieved from Instagram and uploaded directly to the microsite.
Visit www.ubs.com/annieleibovitz to learn more.
Many thanks to memBrain for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to share my hero!