Photographer Rich Johnson is no stranger to Star Wars and space, a lot of his work revolves around space (and some not), but I think it’s safe to say that none of his previous works is as total and as encapsulation as his celebration or Rey portrayed by his daughter.
Rich tells DIYP a little bit about how this wondrous project came to be and how it was created:
Being a huge Star Wars fan, you could imagine my excitement when I took my family to see ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘. As my family and I neared the end of the movie, I realized the character Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) was going to be one of those characters that was going to be awesome all on her own, without the assistance of needless, gender-based dialogue. From start to finish, the focus was on her character, not her own self awareness of reality-based gender limitations.
Since I’m the father of an amazing three year old girl, these characters have become very important to me. I know it’s essential that my daughter focuses on being the best she can be, regardless of the many boxes the world will inevitably try to put her in, and she needs strong female heroes she can look up to. As soon as she watched ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, she was hooked. When the movie hit Bluray she watched it over and over, and Rey has since become her favorite character, all without any parental coercion from me.