Process Running: To Smile
November 8 2019 // Lower Manhattan, NYC, NY
Anne’s words make my work better, and my photo adds impact to her voice. This is maybe the most rewarding part of photography, when my frames are used by others to add visual depth to their story. It is a bonus when they poke at the status quo in a cleverishly cheeky manner — like Anne does.
This can be expanded to damn near anything I produce through my various crafts. Whether building the internet, writing copy, or delivering design work, when I hand it off to a client and it is taken from the sky to the atmosphere with their own voice — ahhh — it is everything to me.
So naturally I love reading captions from athletes, when they post my photos, but Anne just won a pulitzer in a category they had to make up after her Instagram post. Anne delivers a crisp and cutting, exquisitely baked croissant of commentary on a poignant issue in not just running, but society in general.
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to all the guys on the street who’ve told me to smile. xoxo. thanks to @takethebridge / @darcybud for this crazy idea of racing through Soho on Halloween night with some of the fastest women in the city, and to all the volunteers who helped make it happen (and stood in front of traffic for me). 📷: @run.photography . #takethebridge #unsanctionedracing #fbf #happierwhenrunning
Anne and I facetime this afternoon rather openly about her post and the verbal abuse women encounter regularly. Anne quick to identify that as a white women, she doesn’t have it so bad. She says she initially liked the photo because, “I’m not a smiley person in general.”
Hands on knees, covered in sweat, matted hair, veins throbbing along her hairline, wide open bright eyes, and ear to ear smile — still nearly gasping for breath. This is Anne in this moment.
At night, in the dark, with nothing but headlights illuminating the puddles in the street — empowered.
This a photo from Take The Bridge 5.11 nyc marathon in Lower Manhattan on October 31, 2019, and we are witnessing the byproduct of a flat out 4.4~5’ish mile race through the streets of New York City amongst costumed party goers, cabs, and those cheering the racers on — complete with megaphones and confetti cannons.
At a time when women don’t normally get to run so freely, safely (despite the inherently dangerous nature of an unsanctioned street race), or in a position of power that Anne feels in this very moment. Anne comments that “Darcy creates an environment that women can run in.” It is safe with an activated street and party atmosphere — surrounded by community.
— Anne Bozack
To all the guys on the street who’ve told me to smile. xoxo.
Anne speaks directly to verbal abuse. A direct result of patriarchal society that creates a space for some men to feel they are entitled to tell women like Anne, to smile.
I am honoured that my work, my art, the collective experiences of my lifetime captured in a photograph, are capable of being enhanced by someone else’s experiences — drastically different from mine. I am thrilled my photos are used to help tell Anne’s story. It’s a tiny stage, in a sly comment, but it is a wave in an ocean of voices that we need to hear in order to enact change. To remove that space of entitlement for men, or at least shrink it the smallest of amounts in hopes Anne hears one less comment in her lifetime.
Thank you Anne for the honour.