Amy Woodward’s tender photographic eye focuses on portraying the experience of early parenthood. A pivotal moment for everybody living through it and arguably the most fundamental aspect of the human experience at large. We simply wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for a woman who embarked on this transformative journey. The term matrescence describes this process in which two new people, a child and a mother, are born.
And there are even more actors undergoing this rite of passage. A new father, uncles, aunts and cousins, for all of them the birth event initiates major changes. I myself became an uncle a few weeks ago, and the encounter with this new person who will be part of my life was profound.
Life itself means to separate and to be reunited, to change form and condition, to die and to be reborn.
Arnold van Gennep, Rites de Passage