Visually Exploring the Emotion of a Mother/Daughter Relationship (Seen Not Heard by Heather Evans Smith)
Photographer Heather Evans Smith has taken in interesting approach to depicting motherhood through a visual depiction of the mother/daughter relationship.
Heather has worked as a conceptual photographer for along time, creating a striking visual narrative with her images. This new series shifts the focus mostly onto her daughter, a subject she had strayed away from. The photographs explore a multitude of emotions found in this relationship, such as: notions of play, attachment, history, and love.
Here is what Heather says about her work Seen Not Heard:
"For the past few years I have been creating images to express the emotions of motherhood. My daughter has never been included in those images. But as she has grown from a baby into a force of nature all her own, I was drawn to pull her into my world of conceptual photography and explore our relationship during a time when emotions of love, stress and confusion are high.
Seen Not Heard takes its title from the Old English adage “To Be Seen and Not Heard”, a term often thrown about in reference to the desired behavior of children. These images are silent, but they create a voluble visual narrative on the relationship between parent and child. They explore the cycles that are passed down through generations and the tension between keeping to what is known and forging a newer, and perhaps stronger, path. As strong as the close, forever bond between mother and daughter is, there also exists a distance inherent between two different individuals."