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Photographer’s Honest Photos Challenges The Idea Of ‘Natural’ In Motherhood
By Izza Sofia, 15 Mar 2017
Photographer Leah DeVun described her experience with pregnancy and birth as complicated.
As a mother and an artist, DeVun has been struck by how cultural conversations surrounding childbirth emphasize the process as a natural one, so much so that medical intervention and technological assistance are sometimes interpreted as signs of failure.
As a result, the photographer became interested in the many apparatuses and devices that assist mothers’ bodies; instruments that, even more so than breastfeeding itself, are often kept hidden from public view.
In her photography project In the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, it showcases women adorned with various pumps, shields and tubes, a stark contrast to the images of unmediated breastfeeding often shared to empower and exalt motherhood.
The photographs, like the subject matter they depict, possess a distinct balance of familiarity and mystique, coldness and warmth. This too mirrors DeVun’s complicated relationship with the experience of motherhood in all its strange complexity.
Check out more of this photo series over on her website.
[via Huffington Post, images via Leah DeVun]
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