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Ben falls out with his best friend during a playdate in Berkhamsted Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. It was in Kenya, on an assignment photographing Masaai mothers and children, where I was reminded of the power of the familiar and the mundane. Amid the rugged landscapes and the cattle-herding families whose lives still revolve around ancient rhythms, I began to wonder about my own attitudes. Why did I think mothers in this different and exotic environment were worthy of being documented? Why did I think motherhood in my own world lacked that luster? Why is the remote more valuable to a photographer than the world right around them?  And I realized I had turned a blind eye to the profound, complex story right next to me: in the school runs, the trips to the store, the swimming lessons and the countless birthday parties and field trips. It is the world I navigate every day with my two young sons. This project has let me see photographs where before I thought there were none. It has allowed me to see the universality of my life and how it is reflected in so many other lives. (Elizabeth Dalziel) #thesecretlifeofmothers #bringinguptheboys #dailylife
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Ben falls out with his best friend during a playdate in Berkhamsted Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.  It was in Kenya, on an assignment photographing Masaai mothers and children, where I was reminded of the power of the familiar and the mundane. Amid the rugged landscapes and the cattle-herding families whose lives still revolve around ancient rhythms, I began to wonder about my own attitudes. Why did I think mothers in this different and exotic environment were worthy of being documented? Why did I think motherhood in my own world lacked that luster? Why is the remote more valuable to a photographer than the world right around them?  And I realized I had turned a blind eye to the profound, complex story right next to me: in the school runs, the trips to the store, the swimming lessons and the countless birthday parties and field trips. It is the world I navigate every day with my two young sons. This project has let me see photographs where before I thought there were none. It has allowed me to see the universality of my life and how it is reflected in so many other lives. (Elizabeth Dalziel) #thesecretlifeofmothers #bringinguptheboys #dailylife