Mary Magdalene is a larger than life character in history, but she is much more human than our perception of Mary Mother of God. The Virigin Mary is given only the traits of saintly motherhood, virginity and sadness while Mary Magdalene has received the scorn of thousands of years of misogynist teaching. She has been vilified, but the dubious honor of being written as complicated has also portrayed her as a human with various natures: a nurturer, a sexual being, and an outcast.
This triptych portrays three women embodying these three traits - mother, sexual being, outlaw. They were shot on site as tintypes and scanned to create large scale digital prints. The photographs come from the series Tuff Enuff in which I collaborate with the women who have been my source of strength when I'm at my most vulnerable, to photograph them in their strength and glory.