Artist Perfectly Captures The Essence Of New Motherhood In Beautiful Photo Project

Beautiful.

Jenny Lewis has spent the last five years photographing new mothers within 24 hours of giving birth.

The project, entitled "One Day Young," has culminated in the release of the London-based photographer's latest book of the same name, published by Hoxton Mini Press this year. 


Lewis explained the goal of "One Day Young" in a press release: 

"My aim was to capture the extraordinary bonding, warmth and strength between mother and infant," she says. "In fact the whole range of amazing emotions felt at that time, as the mothering instinct kicks in."

The book contains 40 images of new mothers from across East London.

She aimed to capture women in their own environments, and avoided choosing subjects based on their looks, race, or class.

The photographs capture subjects who are at once tender and startlingly strong. One can almost read the combination of expectation and anxiety balanced with hope and maternal nurturing in each face.

"I find the collection of images defiant and beautiful," Lewis writes, "challenging the expected vision of those first twenty-four hours, a pure celebration of what it means to be a mother."

We are fortunate enough to be able to present you with some of the images from "One Day Young."


Clemmie

Kyle and Winona

Shenelle and Arissa

Liana and Archer

Hazel and Rudy

Joti and Kiran

Laure and Tyrick

"One Day Young" by Jenny Lewis is published by Hoxton Mini Press, is available from www.hoxtonminipress.com.

To see more of Jenny Lewis' work, visit her website here.