SHADOW MOMS

Being a stay-at-home-mom can be considered a privilege. My experience was washed in overwhelming periods of isolation and monotony. Connecting with other stay-at-home-moms provided refuge and sanity.

In an effort to represent a vast experience within this role, I am photographing a community of women that are currently at home raising their children.

By documenting these women in their homes, my images reveal private and vulnerable moments within the intimacy of the domestic space. I am interested in how these moms maintain a sense of identity and care of self. Each experience is different, yet connected by a thread of sacrifice. Their work is often unrecognized, hidden in the shadows.

These black & white images were all photographed with a large format 4 x 5 camera. This is an ongoing body of work started in the fall of 2019. It is a continuation of my "Staying Home" work from 2015.

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