Alluring photos capturing the dark, conflicting nature of motherhood.

(4 min read, a lifetime of images) 

Norwegian photographer Marie Sjøvold documents the intimate changes in her body and family life after the birth of her child.

The conflict she [Marie Sjøvold] seeks to show is not just personal. It stands as an address to her own family, to the people of Kristiansund, of Norway, and to men and women as a whole. She says, “This conflict of motherhood comes from your past, your own childhood, your family, from society, from what people expect from themselves.”

She says, “I was tired of all the happy stories about what a perfect thing motherhood is. I wanted to show the physical transformation and the inner ambivalence women feel as they try to find their own way of being a ‘good’ mother.”

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