So with my book dummy printed, bound, shown, seen, discussed and dissected; with Photo Book Bristol lived, breathed and enjoyed to the full – I am trying to take a break from my book project. I need time to digest the feedback I’ve been given.
I am distracting myself with a new project, making portraits of women breast feeding their children. I first started this series a few months ago, but as with all my work it takes a while before I can uncover why I am taking these pictures and what the work is about.
Here are the reasons I have come up with so far:
1 I want to make the photographs that other people don’t make. Now that everyone is a photographer this clarifies my role and helps me to focus on the gaps that I see. I only see images of women breast feeding when it’s in conjunction with a breast feeding cause. Vernacular photographs of breast feeding woman are also rare.- But that’s not a reason, just a nudge in the right direction.
2 I am aware of a disconnect in our culture, as the NHS promotes breast feeding when we still have page 3. – This could be a reason to explore the subject…
3 I often felt uncomfortable breast feeding my daughter in public. I did it, but I wasn’t as laid back about it as I thought I would be, and as I wanted to be. I was disappointed with myself for it. – I think now I am getting somewhere.
Here are Holly McNish’s words on the subject in her spoken word performance ‘Embarrassed’. It’s brillaint -watch it!