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Digital Subscriptions > Motherdom Magazine > Issue 03 > IS MOTHERHOOD THE DEATH OF INDIVIDUAL IDENTITY?


Award-winning family photographer Rachel Rimell on her new photographic art series, which looks at the lives of ordinary women and how they’ve adapted to their new role as mothers.


‘Motherhood and Identity: Tattooed Mamas Breaking the Taboos’ focuses on tattooed mothers as a visual metaphor to question how the role of motherhood can subsume and overshadow women’s identities as individuals alongside the stereotypes surrounding motherhood. These images explore the transition from individual to ‘mother’ and society’s perceptions of that role and title as well as questioning some of the stereotypical imagery often portrayed in mainstream media.

Becoming a mother is a momentous event in any woman’s life, whatever their experience of getting there and of the birth itself. On top of the physical and hormonal changes, we find ourselves entering an entirely new world where our role as a mother is sometimes the first and only thing people see. We are no longer Rachel, or Joanne or Natasha - we’re ‘so-and-so’s mum’. And that’s a big adjustment to make as an individual.

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