Jessica Somers



Bend So Not To Break


Motherhood Balance Little Nests Journey Mend Neglect Sanctuary Miscarriage Mortality Responsibility Bond Fed on Fairytales Nourish Paper Thin Heart Hemisphere Winter Beaak 09


artist's statement

The photographs in this series explore the balance between the choices one makes and the uncontrollable circumstances that intervene with these choices.

With each image I attempt to keep myself fully open to tenderness, abounding love and the achingly beautiful realizations of ephemeral life.

The images are presented as Ziatype prints on salted cotton paper, printed approximately 8x10 to maintain an intimacy and preciousness within the photograph. The film used to create the images was not cleared of chemical residue allowing for serendipitous surface marks. Much like the uncontrollable circumstances illustrated in my photographs the chemical residue is uncontrollable and creates a veil between subject and viewer inviting a dream-like interpretation to each unique print.

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Images © Jessica Somer