see real women: really see women

images by Carla Ten Eyck

Marsha – Firefighter – “Save lives.” That’s my job description. Having the strength, knowledge, support and passion to save lives makes me feel beautiful. Of course, that contributes to me being happy with who I am, my life and everything life has to bring. It’s been easy for me to have a positive attitude and hopefully, it makes a difference when I do save lives, I must admit that my helmet, coat/pants and steel toed boots protect my ling locks, soft skin and a perfect pedicure and that certainly helps with me feeling beautiful!

“see real women: really see women” is held in the permanent collection of the library’s Hartford History Center. The library debuted this body of work in 2008. The project was funded in part by the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation.

This year, the library mounted “see real women: really see women” as a complement to the 2012 One Book, One Hartford citywide initiative to read and discuss I Am an Emotional Creature by Eve Ensler. Fierce, tender, and smart, I Am an Emotional Creature is a celebration of the authentic voice inside every girl and an inspiring call to action for girls everywhere to speak up, follow their dreams, and become the women they were always meant to be.

Framing for the 2012 exhibition was made possible through a gift from the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Hartford, Inc.

Carla Hernandez Ten Eyck, the exhibition photographer, was born and raised in Hartford. Carla attended Hartford public schools, graduated with honors and went on to Rochester Institute of Technology to receive her BFA in photojournalism on a four-year academic scholarship.

see real women: really see women

3rd Floor Exhibition

On display through August 31, 2012