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This Mom Spent 17 Years Documenting Her Son Growing Up And The Pictures Are Very Powerful

Published 5 years ago

Annie Wang is an internationally acclaimed photographer from Taipei City, Taiwan. Back in 2001, before her son was born, she started a photo series titled ‘The Mother As A Creator‘. In the series, she documents her child growing up and it has been an ongoing project for 17 years.

In the world of mothers where everything is hidden, the best way to speak out is through the strategy of self-representation, to express various parts of the self. I, as a woman and a mother, have tried to actively create my own self, instead of being passively interpreted by a male artist, as is traditional,” said the artist in an interview with Bored Panda.

The photographer thinks being a mother shouldn’t be only about being selfless and sacrificing yourself. “The Mother is like an artist doing her work while calling upon her own wisdom. The Mother not only creates a life but also creates continually a continuous and fluid matrix of experience between Mother and Child.”

‘The Mother As A Creator’ aims to show how becoming a mother changes the artist. Annie takes a picture of her and her son each year and poses in front of that picture the next year. “Therefore, different layers of my son and I emerge on the same surface after a lengthy accumulation of detail and texture. Different stages of my son and I are overlaid, and from the different pictures, we have created a dialogue with each other in this dimension upon compressed dimension. From within these dimensions will emerge a new depiction/visualization of Motherhood,” explained the artist.

See the amazing pictures for yourself in the gallery below!

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2001 – The day before I was due to give birth

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2002 – Pressing the camera shutter together

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2003 – My son’s leg was in plaster

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2004 – Celebrating Christmas

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2005 – Setting up the exhibition

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2006 – Working hard

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2010 – Moving and uncertain

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2011 – Making dreams

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2014 – At the same height

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2018 – Arguing for freedom

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Image credits: Annie Wang

Image credits: Annie Wang

Here’s what people had to say about the powerful photo series

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