Illuminating Women is a collaboration of journalism and documentary photography. The project combines portraits of 30 inspiring women from the Appleton community represented through black and white photography (Laura) and biographical narratives (Juliane). Laura and Juliane created this project to shine a light on exceptional women and their gifts to the community. Laura and Juliane hope that the Illuminating Women Project will move the Appleton community to be inspired by their stories.
Laura Schneider was born in Wisconsin. At an early age, Laura recognized she had something different to offer the world. But, it wasn’t until recently that she realized what’s possible.
Laura is a Midwest-based artist who colors outside the lines of life. While earning her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, her passion for photography was ignited in the darkroom.
For nearly two decades, Laura has been capturing subtleties that go overlooked by the casual observer. Her perceptive nature gives her work character and revealing depth. She leverages her senses and the natural qualities of her environment to leave inspired, relatable creations in her wake.
Juliane Troicki is a native of Berlin, Germany.
She has made Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, her home for the last six years. Juliane is a mother of four children. She cares deeply about her environment and has been a long-term community advocate and volunteer. Juliane holds a Ph.D. in political science and teaches classes at local colleges, currently at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. As an educator, she is passionate about teaching and learning, especially about women’s experiences and their role in the world. Juliane is excited to share what she has learned about the inspiring women in her community.