Maternity Leaves

A series of performative moments exploring the time and space of motherhood, documented on my phone camera. I took pictures of my daughter under trees over the course of my year’s maternity leave, each time daring myself to take a few more steps away from her than was comfortable. While the slow changing of the seasons reminded me I couldn’t will her to grow up (and not have colic, and sleep all night, and eat solids, and….) any faster than nature intended, the exploration of distance was more subtly affected by the real and imagined reactions of passers by. The difference between “ahh, look – a mother taking a photo of her baby” and “what the hell is she doing?” is only a few paces.DSC00365