Platform: Rachel Rimell Photography
Launching our Platform Series supported by Arts Council England is local multi award-winning, published Photographer, Rachel Rimell.
Tattooed Mamas – Motherhood and Identity Exhibition
Opens 31 March runs throughout April at On the Hoof, Sydenham – Drop In
Focusing on tattooed mothers as a visual metaphor, the series explores how the role of motherhood can subsume and overshadow the identities of women as individuals alongside the stereotypes surrounding motherhood.
The series examines whether becoming a mother is the death of the individual identity and what it means to transition from individual to ‘mother’.
Stunning images of 11 women document both the individual with their tattoos and their family role as a mother – juxtaposing the individual against the environmental portrait. The very personal self-expression of tattoos is a stark contrast to the homogenous stereotype of the title ‘mum’. The project seeks to challenge those – often ‘fluffy’ – stereotypes, and to peel back the all-consuming outer shell of motherhood to reveal the underlying identities and individual personalities of women who are mothers, sharing stories of real motherhood.
Rachel’s work has been featured in Vogue, The Guardian and The Huffington Post as well as in legendary British portrait photographer Rankin’s book This is Britain. She was featured in the London exhibition ‘Women Behind the Lens’ as well as a finalist for the award of the same name, and has previously been shortlisted as Professional Photographer of the Year.
She began her career as a press photographer and photojournalist and has photographed all walks of life from sheep farmers to The Royal Family in her time. She now specialises in natural documentary-style family photography as well as producing unique fine art landscape and abstract photographic prints and personal art projects.
Originally from Northumberland, Rachel now lives in South East London with her husband and two young children.
Photography by Rachel Rimell
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