The Mother-Daughter relationship is unparalleled, and one that is incapable of being compared to any other. This series was originally meant to be an overarching representation of the special connection between a mother and her daughter. However, as I continued to photograph and develop this theme, it morphed into a representation of my own relationship with my mom.
Being an only child who grew up in a single-parent household, my mom is by far my best friend and the person I’m closest to. She knows me better than anyone, and I her. As a young girl, I would have rather spent time with her than kids my own age. I don’t think I gained any true independence from her until I left for college.
This newfound confidence has been an expedition in self-exploration and discovery of my own femininity. I am learning everyday what it means to be a woman, no longer a girl. This journey is one that every female takes at some point in her life, and I believe the spectrum of emotions this growing period conjures is represented in my photographs. Peace, childlikeness, confusion, melancholy, a discovery of sexuality; the list continues on forever.
This is as much an exploration of self as it is on ode to my mother. Without her, I would not be in a place where I feel comfortable enough to ask myself these questions and explore these themes. I feel privileged to have her as a role model for the type of woman I wish to be.
She has taught me my entire life how to love myself and the world around me, how to be comfortable with a life that is full of turmoil and constant change, how to remember my past, and how to appreciate what the future may bring.
Shot on Ilford Hp5 35mm.
Models: Lucila Conen and her mother.