This photograph juxtaposes the archetype that is conjured by the word “MOM” with the reality of what a mother looks like. The text is very clean, balanced and symmetrical, calling to mind the sterile picture of motherhood presented to us in cultural media. Taking the place of the letter “O” is my own mother, standing slightly off balance, and in an asymmetrical pose. This calls attention to the divide between society’s concept of the perfect mom and the reality of every mother. They are fully formed human beings that exist beyond the prescribed traits of motherhood, and have their own flaws, desires, and personalities.
charley friedman, copyright