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Ben dressed as Darth Vader looks on as Arty Smarty the clown entertains children at his 5th birthday party at the town hall in Ivinghoe, Saturday, March 14, 2016. 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.
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Elizabeth Dalziel
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SECRET LIFE OF MOTHERS
Ben dressed as Darth Vader looks on as Arty Smarty the clown entertains children at his 5th birthday party at the town hall in Ivinghoe, Saturday, March 14,  2016.  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.