By Lucy Hayto – MA Commercial Photography
More Than Just a Sport is a documentary project looking at women and specifically gender boundaries in sport. Shot on 35mm film and over a period of time – the project gets an inside look into a sport so often overlooked. Taking inspiration from a number of photographers who deal with sport and separately; gender – it takes a deeper look into the sport than what is on the surface to many.
Lacrosse is a sport that helped me and many others with mental health issues, and with this project I wanted to portray Lacrosse in such a light that celebrates the sport and the girls that play it. I want to carry on creating work that can empower women and show the world that they can do anything – I believe that this is an important thing to do in such a male dominated world.
Shooting on 35mm film meant that each photograph was thought about, and there is a personal aspect to the photographs. Having developed the film by hand, I feel a closeness to the work which ties in with how the team has helped me.
The photograph Emily was selected for The Rachel Stevens Prize, shortlisted for The Richard Attenborough Prize, and chosen to be part of a number of exhibitions; Open 28, OpenArt, Photography on a Postcard and DE’signed at Free Range in London.
The project for me was a turning point and what made me go on to do my Masters in Commercial Photography. It has also shown me how photography can be a subject which can induce change in the world and encouraged me to focus on making work that can encourage people to make good changes in the world. This led me nicely onto my next project that I am undertaking focusing on Global Warming and more specifically Rising Sea Levels and what the potential of our future could look like.