Nurture - Generation Covid.
I became a mother just over a year ago during the pandemic in the UK. A time line of my pregnancy started with the first lockdown and ended with my son being born during the third. This experience drew me to examining the surreal, life-changing event of pregnancy and motherhood under a pandemic, with all its hopes and anxieties, its mythology and belief systems constrained and enhanced, across a diverse collection of volunteer mothers.
In a time when women had to go to their appointments and sometimes give birth on their own, and when usual family support networks were limited it was a strange and difficult time to become a new parent. Working on this project I heard many tough stories; of mothers separated from their babies after birth, to mothers recovering from c-sections without partner support in hospital, to the overwhelming feeling of isolation of motherhood in a lockdown.
I wanted to create a project that showed the beauty and strength of mothers dealing with this unique moment our history. Capturing tender and natural moments of the bond between mother and child.