“My inherent belief is that motherhood is pious, and I am humbled by it.” – Madhur Bhandarkar, Film Director, Writer, Producer
As a writer, photographer and filmmaker who has documented the role of motherhood over many years, and also as the mother of 10 children (three biological, two adopted, three miscarried and two regretfully aborted), I consider myself somewhat of an expert on the honor, high calling and sometimes heartbreak that is motherhood.
What has been consistent in all of my life experiences, work and the opportunities I have had to peak into the hearts, minds and relationships of mothers and children over the years, is that motherhood evokes emotions that can be as numerous as the grains of sand on the beach, as endless as the stars on a clear summer night, and as polar opposite in response as the east is from the west.
I offer a small and humble photographic journey here of some of the moms and mom stories I have known that is far from complete, because after all, how do you fully capture the tears, years, yearnings and learnings of a woman’s most sacred places as it pertains to the children of her heart? It could be a gallery that would never end.
Motherhood is ageless, timeless and universal. It is black. It is white. It is empty. It is full. It is happy. It is sad. It is ugly. It is beautiful. It is raw. It is stark. It is heart wrenching. It is heart fulfilling. It is all of this and more on any given day, all wrapped up in one, or not at all. My hope is that as you see these pictures and imagine the stories behind them as they relate to your own understanding, viewpoint and pursuit of motherhood, that you will be inspired.