A Day in the Ras : Rockville, Maryland
For several years now I have been wanting to do a photographic project or series on motherhood. Being a mother is the hardest, most rewarding, most infuriating, loving job I have ever attempted. My ideas on how to do it have just fluttered around aimlessly in my brain with no distinct direction. I have even started a couple times, but come up with images I have not loved, images that have not conveyed what I felt. It has been hard for me to be the mother AND the photographer.
A year or so ago another FINDer did a “day in the life” series for her one year olds birthday. It inspired me at the time and I loved her images. Since being here in Maryland I have been loving the simplistic beauty of our life. Trust me, it is a busy life, but when I break it down to the simplest forms that is when I see the beauty and love that I have of our family life and of essentially being a mother. I set out to capture the beauty of the minutiae of our daily life. I was also recently inspired by my old roommate and good friend Annie telling me she wanted me to take pictures of her kids sleeping. Yes! That is the moment when all motherhood seems like a beautiful ride, when I peek in on those beautiful peaceful faces. My previous attempts at capturing motherhood have ALWAYS involved self portraits. This time I realized that seeing the mother’s face is not important to convey motherhood. In fact the very essence of motherhood is seeing the children. That is what I see. There are a few shots of me, taken by my husband. From sleeping faces, to sharpied cereal bowls, to imaginary games and holey footsie pajamas. These are the things that make my life gorgeous.
I wish I could just say, this project is finished, I am a person who likes to cross a thing off a list. But since I quit focusing my energy on this, everyday I see something and think, quick take a picture and add it to “A Day in the Ras.” Like motherhood, this idea is never finished, cross it off the list. So I am enjoying what I captured in these images and not thinking as much about the missing parts. I am so grateful to have been able to capture this one small moment in our lives.