This series of images taken at Aldermaston Women’s Peace Camp has just been selected for a new exhibition in celebration of International Women’s Day.
Aldermaston Women meet every month setting up their tents outside the main gates of the UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment. I visited last December on the 40th anniversary of Embrace the Base, where it turned into the coldest weekend of the year as temperatures dropped to minus seven degrees. Undeterred by freezing conditions (many of these women had experienced harsh winters at Greenham Common) and fueled by hot tea and field-kitchen food they continued their [almost] peaceful protest highlighting the futility of nuclear weapons with workshops, talks and song. Warning that “the creation and storage of Atomic Nuclear Weapons brings with it the threat of ultimate destruction.”
The exhibition Community & Connection was created by f22aop women photographers and the work of all 15 selected artists can be viewed here.
My thanks to the judges Andy Greenacre, Photography Director at The Telegraph. Jennie Ricketts, Independent Photography Editor. Fiona Shields, Head of Photography at The Guardian. Jane Sherwood, News Editor at Getty Images.
Special thanks to Aldermaston Women and Greenham Women Everywhere! Wishing you all a very happy International Women’s Day #embraceequity