BA (HONS) photojournalism & docementary photography
In herp roject, The Box, Ellen Sheehan has created a photo essay that documents participants of a cross-fit training regime at a South Wales gym. In this intensive environment, men and women compete against each other and themselves.
Sheehan examines the process that the clients go through in both training and competition but, although she photographs both the men and women, her photographic gaze is directed very much toward the women, as their ambition to succeed reflects female empowerment on a broader societal basis. In a world in which women have traditionally been portrayed as inferior, this environment presents a community of men and women who work hard together and compete equally.