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Photo taken by contributor Fleur Alston, a 42-year-old mother attempting to document her family through photography. One of her children suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. It makes her feel helpless as a parent to see her daughter suffer from very low self-esteem brought on by a severe bout of bullying she encountered when she was younger. Fleur wants to help her children see how beautiful they are through her photography.

About this photo: Here are a few images, they are all from my ongoing project to document my children exploring different locations and environments. Each image is inspired by the Seasons and the natural colours of the landscape. I wanted in some way to envelop my children in their environments and to ground them in the natural world around them. What started as a way of showing Kate how beautiful she was has grown in to something much more encompassing and long term. A narrative has developed between the images, and each photograph informs the others as they are beginning to make a picture as a whole.


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12 comments on “Motherhood

  1. CrazyGuyinThailand
    May 11, 2014

    Outstanding pics!


  2. SAN_jeet
    May 11, 2014

    Amazing Pic
    specially the Gold field


  3. Amy Pinkrose
    May 11, 2014

    This post is touching my heart in such a way I am covered in goosebumps. What a beautiful thing to do for this woman’s children. Now, that is Love, real Love and man, do I have tears in my eyes. Thank you so much for this post. Love, Amy


  4. suzbolton
    May 11, 2014

    Beautiful story, and lovely photos!


  5. vintagefoxx
    May 11, 2014

    Really gorgeous shots


  6. journette
    May 12, 2014

    These are simply breathtaking and very beautiful.


  7. Wow! 🙂


  8. Paula McLane Jennings
    May 13, 2014

    WONDERFUL PHOTOS. <y younger son was bullied. It's an awful thing.


  9. Joel
    May 13, 2014

    Fleur, I love how you used negative space in the first image. It is my favorite from the pictures you shared. It is truly wonderful how you are able to show your children a glimpse of how beautiful they are through your eyes. A belated Mother’s Day to you.


    May 14, 2014

    Reblogged this on Lesley Cox and commented:
    stunning photos , very touching


  11. Babu Suresh
    May 20, 2014

    Reblogged this on Journey Of A Nifty Day Trader.


  12. Nana
    May 22, 2014

    Reblogged this on Nobody's Grandmother and commented:
    The greatest gift.


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