Michele was a co-founder & designer of the jewelry company Me&Ro. When she was a new mother, she told me about a dream she'd had. It so perfectly encapsulated the profound love and fear inherent in motherhood that I had to photograph her. "In bed the other night, a flash in my head.We were hiking upstate at North Lake where the big rock cliffs overlook the Hudson Valley, and Elsie Tree ran right off the edge. It was so fast and there was nothing I could do except run off after her… Once it played in my head, I couldn’t get it out and I couldn’t make anything else happen… It’s “the shift”. When all of a sudden there’s somebody else in your life who you really can’t live without. Elsie’s loss would just be the end and I would die. That’s when I knew everything was now forever changed." Photographer Ali Smith has spent the past eight years exploring the reality of how women live their lives as mothers in modern western society. Her resulting project, entitled Momma Love; How the Mother Half Lives, explores the varying degrees of support that mothers receive from partners, lawmakers, employers, and each other. Momma Love is not only about the love a mother shows; it’s about the love she is shown, by herself and the world around her.
- Figuring it Out