This writer is working on a book. A very unique book. A book of images of Pagan Women of Color. And the reason this is happening is because there are so few of them out there in print media right now that are not stereotypes. Actually, they are almost to the point of being like unicorns.
This project is not about being the biggest, baddest, berobed witch in the room. It is about collecting, and preserving, images of real women of Pagan faiths so that other women who find themselves on these paths can look and say, “Hey, there is someone like me”. Color is subjective, so it is not going to exclude anyone who feels that they are for this project. And yes, it is open to those who count themselves as allies. All are welcome, but the emphasis is on creating a space that facilitates a gallery of our experiences.
Photographs and artistic renderings depicting women of color in prayer, ritual, in sacred spaces, handling tools, leading groups and more are wanted. Because of the nature of the project, models/participants should be out of the broom closet. But recently, one person came forward from the more conservative segment of our society here in this great nation, and stated that because of her family’s strong cultural and religious beliefs, her physical safety would be compromised. With this understanding, if one should wish to submit an image that is veiled or masked, there will be a place for this as well.
Also, interviews of participants would be featured in future features of the Detroit Paganism Examiner in separate stories. This way, the visibility of their voices would be increased. The more reached, the more connected, the more inspired we can all be.
Participants retain their right to reuse their own images from this project, and indeed, they are encouraged to share them. A portion of the proceeds will be donated by the author, from the first run of the publication, to Pagans In Need of Michigan. The hope is that by giving back, it fulfills the giving spirit that this hopeful legacy style project contains.
- These must be photos that can be reproduced and sold without infringement on preexisting copyrights. Also, they must have the express written permission of any persons involved in the photographs if their faces are identifiable.
- Attire can consist of mundane clothing, ritual wear, or a mixture of these. No CosPlay images please e.g. Steampunk, Dieselpunk, Disney, Manga, etc. This work is to celebrate your faith, and while it is not meant to stifle your creativity, costume play can take away from the work.
Please note, all images submitted may not be used. Also, the author retains the right to republish the images in derivative works that continue the series, if applicable, such as “Vol. 2”, calendars, etc.
This project is a work from the heart. As such, it will be given care and respect, and respectful devotion. This is an attempt to make a difference in how we go forward with our presence in the Pagan communities and how future conversations may be had.
Submissions should contain:
Name you wish to be known by:
Group (if Applicable):
State or Country:
Title (if Any):
A Glimpse into your Practice (A description of what you believe and your history of belief):
Why you feel it is important to have images of Pagan Women of Color:
Your personal motto:
A short biography: No more than 500 words.
The deadline for submissions is Nov 7, 2015 CE.This project is open to all women who identify as women. Those interested should contact this writer via the Detroit Paganism Examiner. Let us make history.