493 Days

A Story of Women's Resilience

A documentary project highlighting women’s lives in the last 18 months.

Finding resilience in the most darkest of times.

Project Info

Project goal

Raising awareness and sharing experiences

Start Date

July 2021

Category

Documentary

Deloitte did a survey of nearly 400 women across nine different countries.

They found seven out of 10 women experienced negative shifts and their routine because of COVID and believe their career progression slowed right down.

Deloitte’s survey I felt came across as rather negative, but it sparked a question in me.

If nearly 82% of the women they surveyed had had negative experiences with the pandemic, what about the positives?

  • What about the struggles?
  • What about overcoming?
  • What about the positive changes women have made in their lives during this time?

And this is why I’ve created 493 Days, A Story of Women’s Resilience.

It’s a photography and videography documentary project four-part series, where I document women’s challenges, their lives, that overcomes the changes they have made, the difference they have done, and the experiences they had in the last 18 months.

Series one is now complete, and you can watch the documentary film at the top of the page.

We succeeded in interviewing 15 women, and their full stories can be found by scrolling down.

Why the number 493?

493 days represents the number of days between the first UK lockdown, which starts on the 16th of March, 2020, to the 19th of July, 2021. Optimistically dubbed Freedom Day.

I feel it is important to reflect on this time, to document the changes in women, what they’ve experienced, how they’ve overcome, what they’ve done to change their lives, all the struggles they have experienced in such a difficult collectively shared period.

How do I get involved?

These stories don’t need to be exuberant or extravagant.

They’re documentation of day-to-day lives and I really would like you to take part.

To take part is super simple.

Tap that button below and fill in your details and I’ll be in touch.

Season One

Christine Griffey

“The personality qualities that I drew on… I think resilience has to be the main one.

I think, having suffered from anxiety in the past, I’m terrible for struggling with imposter syndrome.

I don’t often think that I’m capable of dealing with difficult situations.

However, whilst I still don’t remind myself of it as much as I probably should.

I’m a lot more resilient than I thought I would be.”

Danielle Brown

“I think that I’ve been very lucky because as an athlete, I developed so many different tools and techniques,

which really allowed me to cope with this change.

So for me, it was very much about staying positive in my mindset.

Focusing on the little things, you know.

I have to stay busy. I have to stay busy for many reasons.

Firstly actually, that’s how I cope with having a disability.

My disability’s chronic pain.

And if I’m not busy, if I’m not focusing on stuff I find it really, really difficult.”

Alex Wallis

“I really pulled upon my why.

Why am I doing this?

Why am I not just putting myself on furlough and enjoying and trying a new challenge or, just enjoying time for me?

And it was because I have that purpose.

That, was very important, and spending so much time with athletes as well, even virtually hearing their mindset and hearing their resilience.

I pulled on that within myself as well.”