The Powerful Project is a storytelling photographic series by and about women and marginalized genders. Here you’ll find stories of vulnerability and stories of strength from real people. You’ll find tales of sacrifice and suffering, alongside tales of joy and triumph.

This project seeks to reveal how every one of the participants has struggled or suffered at some time, and yet, still retains a strength and power that can never truly be lost. This manifests in different ways for each person, but the underlying theme is the same: We all experience vulnerability, fear, failure, and pain…but we all possess the strength to overcome and persist beyond that suffering.

The Powerful Project’s primary goal is to empower and support the participants, while also providing hope and solidarity to those who may view their images and stories. We aspire to create a worldwide movement of individuals proudly sharing their stories and embracing the undeniable strength that exists in every single one of us, during a time in which that strength is constantly challenged and put into question.


Now, to get started, just click on “Stories“.


All images copyright Nadia Padzensky 2017-2020. Unauthorized use prohibited. Do not reproduce or distribute any image without express written consent from the photographer.