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what motherhood is really like

By misspapi • 2 weeks ago • 1735 views • 596 comments
what motherhood is really like

Motherhood, as a subject worthy of study, has had to fight for its place in art galleries, says the British photographer Jenny Lewis. “People weren’t looking at it as an appropriate topic for art. It was always seen as a bit ‘soft’,” she says. Lewis sought to change that in her 2010-15 project One Day Young, when she photographed 150 women in their homes in East London within 24 hours after the birth of their babies. Perched on the end of their beds with minimal photographic equipment, Lewis found an extraordinary openness in the new mothers. She says: “People don’t have any self-consciousness when they are photographed at that point because they are so overwhelmed with emotion [and] an amazing authentic self comes across.”

In 2016, WaterAid invited Lewis to repeat the project in Malawi, where some of the women faced a six-hour walk home from the birthing centre. Though her subjects for both locations varied in age, ethnicity and background, the universality of the motherhood experience in the first 24 hours was evident. “All of these women, up until this point, have had such different lives, but at this moment, they’re all the same,’’ she says.

Liviness Banda, from One Day Young Malawi for WaterAid, 2016 (Credit: Jenny Lewis)

Liviness Banda, from One Day Young Malawi for WaterAid, 2016 (Credit: Jenny Lewis)

The motivation for the project came from Lewis’s own hugely positive experience of becoming a mother, which she felt contrasted with the fear and negativity of most social messaging. “I felt amazing afterwards, so I felt really frustrated that I wasn’t given this seed of confidence from the media, from other people, from conversations. And, visually, there didn’t seem to be that supportive image of motherhood that you could be feeling really empowered,” she says.

A positive side of motherhood

Six-thousand miles away, Taiwanese photographer Annie Hsiao-Ching Wang also had to work hard to get the topic of motherhood the recognition she felt it deserved. When, in 2000, she began formulating what would become the viral The Mother as Creator series, her PhD supervisor advised her that “nobody would care about the personal story of an Asian mother” and that ‘’such a small issue was not worthy of study”, she says. Undeterred, Wang transferred to a different university and pressed on with the project.

The day before I was due to give birth, 2001, from The Mother as Creator, 2001 to present (Credit: Annie Wang)

The day before I was due to give birth, 2001, from The Mother as Creator, 2001 to present (Credit: Annie Wang)

She began with an honest, unsentimental photograph of herself while pregnant. The following year, she photographed herself with her baby son, Tong, in front of the previous photo. Wang has continued to repeat the process for 19 years now, the previous portraits fading into the distance behind each new one. The photographs, says Wang, are like our memory. “Something a long time ago becomes blurry, almost disappearing. But it is still there in our deepest mind, and we can feel it more or less influencing who we are.”


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    Good to know 

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    mother hood is one area which will never be understood. nevertheless we thank all ;others for the sacrifice they make in naturing children

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    This is good embracing motherhood 

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    God bless mothers

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    Amazing stuff 

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    This is interesting 

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    This is beautiful thanks for sharing.

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    Thank you for the update and we'll done to all mothers

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    Mothers are the strongest.. I will always respect mothers because they go through a lot .

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    Mother hood is great I just cant wait to be a mum ..I will be the happiest mother ever

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    motherhood is for serious people.  because so many changes come forth

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    Thank you for sharing this with me

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    Wow thanks a lot for that,so insightful....made me reflect on a lot

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    Wow motherhood is lovely 

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    Thank you for sharing this with me

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    Mothers are the strongest.. I will always respect mothers because they go through a lot .

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    following

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    heartwow.....

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    Mother's really do go through àlot but they also are the strongest character 

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    so true

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    Closely following

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    Thank so much for sharing 

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    Having a child is the greatest thing.motherhood is nice it doesn't matter .some people abort they look how the society will laugh at them.but trust me a baby is a blessing.

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    Thanks for sharing

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    Thanks for the wonderful information

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    Nice

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    Motherhood is an untaught experience

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    Thanks for the information

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    Cool

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    Wow

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    Love moms

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    Ladies read this article time and again so that you know what motherhood is all about.

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    Motherhood 

    interesting 

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    I can't imagine motherhood in reality. I really appreciate all the mothers out there you strong and you're the best. Thanks for sharing this article

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    Interesting, mothers are everything 

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    May the Lord continue blessing u

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    thats why no love or feeling is like a mothers one, cayse its just too undefinable

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    Thanks for sharing 

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    Mother Hood

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    I love being a mother tho its really hard work

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    Properly followed

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    Updated 

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    Very touching

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    Wow this is interesting.thanks for sharing this article with us and continue sharing such posts

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    It's a rollercoaster being a mother but it's amazing

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    Thanks for sharing

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    thanks for sharing this information....

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    It's not easy being a mother 

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    Report user comment :

    Thanks for sharing

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    so true

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    Great article

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    While this is interesting powerful mother's and thanks so much for the information shared with me 

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    Well done to all motherhood.

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    Following 

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    thanks for sharing this post...

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    subject worthy of study

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    Thanks 

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    Nice piece 

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    Motherhood is a blessing 

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    Simply am amazing and painful experience, but the joy that comes

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    Thanks for this  informative article

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    following 

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    We are blessed

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    Thank you for sharing this information on what mother hood is like it was very educative.

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    I feel blessed to be a woman child bearing is a miracle imagine living with a miracle inside you it means you're the miracle❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏

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    Motherhood is interesting

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    Six-thousand miles away, Taiwanese photographer Annie Hsiao-Ching Wang also had to work hard to get the topic of motherhood the recognition she felt it deserved. When, in 2000, she began formulating what would become the viral The Mother as Creator series, her PhD supervisor advised her that “nobody would care about the personal story of an Asian mother” and that ‘’such a small issue was not worthy of study”, she says. Undeterred, Wang transferred to a different university and pressed on with the project.

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    Motherhood is a beautiful thing. Thank you for sharing

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    God bless all mothers

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    Noted

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    motherhood is not easy

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    Appreciation to all mothers out there 

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    Motherhood is wonderful

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    God bless all women and mothers 

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    Really need to be strong 

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    Motherhood♥️

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    We really appreciate parents

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    Mothers have true love

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    Mothers really need to be appreciated like for real cause they are strong people

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    Mothers are the best.

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    Following up motherhood nice update

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