In 2005 artist Ana Álvarez-Errecalde responded to a recurring dream she was having and decided to take self portraits of herself, and her newborn daughter. The resulting images she has titled “Birth of My Daughter (or El Nacimiento de Mi Hija)”
I am moved to share her photos because I feel birth is a monumentally inexplicable alteration of reality and in our culture it is too rarely revealed as such. If you are having a child, please explore your options of how your family can truly experience the beauty of birth.
If you are curious about the origin of the images, please watch the short documentary “Umbilical Self-portrait” by MiNuShu.
To see some of Ava Álvarez-Errecalde current work, where she has created bodysuits representing nude forms (called the More Store), review this article at Empty Kingdom and this piece at Elephant Journal.
Thanks to Brooke @ Violicious for bring my attention to Bauhauswife’s post sharing her thoughts on the work.