to be a woman
to be a mother
to be a professional
to be educated and ambitious
to be in a relationship
to have children
to be an expatriate
to be who you are
where you are
you find yourself making choices
your life is a pile of puzzle pieces
you think and look and you shuffle the pieces
you try and go to work and it doesn‘t work
there is no work for you in this city
you have children
you have no childcare
you stay at home
you are miserable
you stay at home
you are happy
you go to work and it works
there is no work for your partner in this city
you are an expatriate
you are a mother
you shuffle the pieces
Free lance photographer
Mother of 3 children, 7 year old daughter and 5 year old twin boys
I don’t think mothering is work, it’s something that has to do with being a human being and sharing your life with other people. I made a choice to live in a couple, to have children and I knew that that meant a lot of my time would be spent with these people.
In my photographic work I speak a lot of identity and after I’ve chosen these things to happen to me, I feel as if I’ve lost my old self and need to create a new one for my new life.
I can’t always choose freely what I want to do, where or when I want to do it. I need to be “disponibile”, physically and psychologically available to them.
They know I usually have flexible working hours, sometimes they wonder whether I work because I don’t go to the office, so I tell them that sometimes people can and do work from home.
I think they quite like what I do. Whenever they see photos around, they are happy to say: “this is mummy’s photo.”
I hope they inherit the “artistic” approach to life.