Babies

A new series, that I consider semi-finished (as in, it’s done for the moment, until I decide where else I want to go with it).

Kiddie Pool

High Chair

Play Pen

Crib

View the portfolio page here. But before you read the info on that page, see what meaning you gather from the images. What do you think they portray?

16 thoughts on “Babies

  1. Hi Jenny- A very thought provoking series of images and thoughts. Every relationship we have ‘traps’ us to some extent. Even the relationship we maintain with our own parents once we are adults traps us in those old patterns of thought, behaviour, and expectation. When are you expected to visit? For how long, and doing what? What nurtures us also traps us. It is a very real fear to consider when giving up one’s independent adult life to enter a relationship which will evolve into a family with children to care for. However, the other way of looking at this is that the ‘trap’ also offers security and comfort as our basic needs are met. We all want a safe place to sleep soundly, etc. The family we choose to form gives us comfort and security as we travel on through our own lives (assuming it stays intact, of course.) Is our security more in our connection with others or in our solitary lives of free choice and limited commitments? Each individual decides this for him or herself- often several times over during a lifetime. I’m reminded of that current car insurance commercial where the young man goes through a series of, “I’ll never… (get married, have a child, buy a van, etc.)
    Another key to your images is the baby’s emotion of fear or anger. What would it take for that emotion to be one of comfort and peace? Beautiful work, Jenny. Thank you for the link back to your portfolio. Elizabeth

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    1. Thank you so much for this meaningful response. You make some very good points. Every decision we make even can be considered a ‘trap.’ It all comes down to what we are willing to be trapped in. I, for example, just turned 24 and can’t imagine the idea of having children, yet I largely support a family of a boyfriend and 2 pets. It’s all a trade off. To go along with your point, if I didn’t have my little family I’m sure I’d have more money for travel or something of the sort, but I’d also lose my feeling of home and companionship, and I’ve clearly chosen the latter.

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      1. Exactly, Jenny. I waited until I was 28 to have my daughter. Even then, my husband wasn’t ready for the commitment to a child and it was a very difficult time. Men respond very differently than women to becoming a parent, no matter what they may say before the pregnancy…. My daughter just had her first child 13 mos. ago, and loves being a mother. A year previous to her pregnancy, she was firmly in the ‘no children’ camp. Her feeling about wanting a child shifted very suddenly, (which I didn’t understand at the time) and now her world revolves around her child. As with so many things, it is how we feel about our choices which matters and which determines our experiences…. Giant hugs, E

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        1. “it is how we feel about our choices which matters and which determines our experiences” completely agree. Thank you again, for taking the time to really consider my work and to discuss these ideas with me. Hugs to you as well Elizabeth :)

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          1. Thank you, Jenny. It is something I struggled with long and hard when I was your age. I’m not a very maternal person, and have MANY interests which I basically dropped for more than a decade. Your portfolio page brought back memories of my own struggle. You’ll make the best choice for YOU, when the time is right- WG

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            1. Thank you. It’s a comfort hearing from someone who had the same struggle and understands. I’m used to the ‘oh, you’ll change your mind’ response. And maybe I will, maybe I won’t, but I’m fairly certain that in the end, what matters is what I want, not what the society expects. I’m always brought back to Virginia Woolf’s essay on killing the angel of the house (http://s.spachman.tripod.com/Woolf/professions.htm). I’m not sure I’ll ever fully get that angel off my back (and maybe I don’t completely want to), but I have come to learn that my life is mine to live.

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              1. That wisdom, Jenny, takes a life time of struggle for so many to understand. I’m also reminded of the many young women whose lives are controlled by others and never have the opportunity of choice. I realized from a young age that the reason there are so many men with professional success and artistic and scientific achievements- and so few women- is that women have been routinely saddled with the expectations of marriage, family, and home leaving them neither the time or energy to follow their own inclinations and dreams. There has been change in the decades since I was young (in age), but still not enough.

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    1. Thank you and I totally get that. I think it will possibly become more clear as I do more pictures. But at the same time, the reason I asked you to consider what you see first is because I realize it is something that each person will see very much based on their own experiences, thoughts and ideas. My views, fears, etc led me to choose each of these elements very purposefully, but the symbolism may render useless when viewed by those who don’t see things the way i do.

      Long story short, I thought it would be interesting to hear what other people take away from these.

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