It is almost a year since I started my journey of photographing amazing women in unusual jobs. And it’s been quite a journey! I have met women who love to fight and to challenge who at the same time are shy, gentle, kind, women who are unbelievably creative despite facing physical disabilities. Women who found beauty in science, who overcame childhood traumas, who chased their career dreams later in life, many after decades of providing for their families in sometimes difficult and underrated jobs. Women who opened their own businesses in the face of discouragement from older and wiser men.
And I had the pleasure and privilege to meet one woman whose work, and passion is in saving people’s lives, despite the fact that she lost her husband before their first baby was born. Lisa Levin’s husband Steve died a year ago. After he was diagnosed with a life threatening illness, they took the decision to freeze his sperm. They had plans to do to do IVF and it was successful first time, so she is now going to make him a dad. And in the midst of her own personal struggle, she is also lifeboat crew member in Clogherhead, saving other people’s lives day in, day out.
When I started this project, I knew that I would meet some incredible people but I didn’t expect it to be a political, social and spiritual experience. Now that I’m almost at the end of finishing the book I know that it’s been one of the most profound experiences in my life. I hope ‘A Woman’s Work’ will have the same impact on everyone, and maybe change other lives for the better too.