Xenia and I met when I lived in Denmark. I just started a new phase in my artistic practice where I decided to document motherhood, just as I experienced and felt it. I often pointed the camera at myself, so when I met Xenia and felt a special and intimate connection, we decided to do this project together. I first photographed her when she was almost 9 months pregnant, and then again when her child was born. During our meetings, and whilst we were shooting, we spent most of that time talking. Being two different people, the rawness of motherhood connected us in a very special way. Xenia opened up to me, and I to her, about the vulnerability and loneliness motherhood brings; it transformed who we were and took a new shape: our physical bodies, our faces, our energy level, our ability to love, our fear of what is yet to come. The overwhelming mix of fierce love, an otherworldly need to protect our child, deep sadness for the loss of the self, the tiredness, the hunger, the mirror reflection of a body that is not yours but a new form that you will have to get to know and love. And in your arms a child whom is now a part of that self. Needless to say, Xenia and I spoke about all this. I let her wander at the beach, or in the garden in her parent’s home, and took photos as we took breaks from our conversations. Xenia is just like these photographs; brave, powerful, soft, honest, unfiltered and with a beauty that goes beyond tired eyes, a mothers belly after birth and breast filled with milk.
Photographic series is ongoing - started in the summer of 2019