When I started the project in 2011 I was a fairly new mum and was beginning to emerge from the most hectic two years of my life. I had one daughter and was due to have another, and found myself dwelling constantly on the concept of ‘motherhood’.
Why are there are so many things that go unsaid?
Why did no-one warn me about what was coming?
I’d been so shocked at how unprepared I was – my life had changed unrecognisably. As a photographer, starting personal projects was the norm and so I began a project where the women I photographed crafted their own stories to accompany their photos.
I wanted to create a forum where women could share their experiences of motherhood and see that they were not alone. ‘The Mothers Project’ has organically developed, and with it, a community of supportive women and their wildly different and amazing children. The project grows every week and now over 200 women have been featured on the site.
If you’re a new mum and need some reading material in those wee-small-hours, or you’re pregnant and feeling a little curious about what you might have in store, this is the place for you.
Everyone is welcome here.
‘The Mothers Project’ an online archive of stories told in the words of mothers themselves. There is no judgement here and brutal honesty is welcomed. Follow more of the project on the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages were there is a network of mothers supporting mothers.
The Mothers has recently launched a video site on Vimeo. Have a look at the interviews with women who’ve taken part in the project over the last few years.