Birth of Mother - PhMuseum

Birth of Mother

Imogen Freeland

2019 - Ongoing

When does being a mother begin? The ordeal of birth? The moment of conception? Or is it something beyond and before that, rooted deep in one's intentions? Behind the miracle of conception, innumerable tragedies, failures and unhappy accidents lie unspoken. For me, there is a tapestry of hope and disaster where motherhood begins, moments where the border of being a woman and being a mother is crossed.

The Photographs in this series act in response to a culturally dispassionate gaze, loaded with the distortion of unrealistic and unrepresentative beauty standards that so brutally discount the heroism of Motherhood. They are ode to the experience of becoming a mother, that I hope others can identify with and that will offer the women that need it most, some comfort and companionship.

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