When we think about motherhood and photography, we think of “post-baby bodies” and the tabloid-front image of a glamorous women cradling her shiny-clean newborn bundle. Even in progressive contemporary society, various media present the mother as glamorous, perfect, and inhumanly flawless.
In her stunning series Portrait of The Mother, the photographer Joy Christiansen Erb provides an alternate vision of motherhood. Shooting her own children and domestic life, the artist presents simply seen evidences of her familial love. Read More
Like many parents, the photographer Emer Gillespie loves photographing her daughter, cataloging her family’s growth through a family photo album. Her daughter, 11-year-old Laoisha, who happens to have Downs Syndrome, took an active interest in her mother’s ritual of peering through her lens at a pair of shoes, an open field, the bedroom.
While many family photos include posed children staring at an authoritative parent behind the camera, Gillespie invites Laoisha to participate in the image-making process for a collaborative series titled Picture You, Picture Me. Read More
The family photo album came into vogue in the 1800s, soon after photography was invented; the relatively quick process was convenient for middle class families who could not afford a painting. This isn’t to say that photography was ubiquitous; on the contrary, most folks could only afford to have one shot within their lifetimes. So unlike families today, who can easily upload thousands of images, Victorian families cherished each and every shot. It had to be perfect. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Nov 25, 2013
Despite constant reassurances regarding my "biological clock," I've never considered having kids of my own. That isn't to say I'm repulsed by children--Rather, my child-rearing dreams have always revolved around the prospect of taking my nieces and nephews to Legoland. Or prom dress shopping. Or ice-cream eating. Essentially, I'd love to hang out with youths who are related to me, as long as I can spoil them unconditionally and don't have to remember what time their clarinet lesson is over.
Apparently, this outlook makes me a full-blown PANK: "Professional Aunt, No Kids. Read More
BY Fatimah Hameed
on Nov 19, 2013
Imagine leaving your home and family at age 13 to move by yourself to a country where you don't speak the language or know anyone.
"I was devastated," Pimprae Hiranprueck told Slate magazine's David Rosenberg of when her parents sent her from Thailand to attend school in the States.
But a few years later when she went to study at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Hiranprueck was able to turn her feelings into a beautifully self-reflexive project.
Her senior thesis, "Intersecting the Parallels," is a study on home, memories, and distance. Read More
BY Eloise Giegerich
on Oct 21, 2013
The always incredible David Sedaris recently wrote an essay for The New Yorker that recalls a family trip to the beach following the suicide of his sister, Tiffany. Though the piece reflects on loss, and its subsequent effect on the Sedaris family, it is also filled with childhood nostalgia, and, ultimately, a sense of hopefulness.
Sedaris's signature humor is omnipresent as he recollects the oft-laughable, but sometimes somber family dynamics both prior to and after Tiffany’s death. Read More
Ferrett Steinmetz and Daughter
At a recent panel following a screening of the new Amanda Seyfried film Lovelace, Gloria Steinem spoke out against excessive parental control over young women’s intimate lives: “I have always, always said that children must be allowed to disobey.” For weeks, I turned this comment over in my head. How does what we learn from our parents during our young adult years effect our ideas on gender and sexuality? Our romantic behavior? Our sense of worth?
This week, a debate on this very topic took the internet by storm. Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jul 18, 2013
Today's BUST: Cute Animals Edition brings you the inimitable Bubba and Gigi, a couple of sweet French bulldogs who share a sublime romance.
I know. I’m totally trying to get adopted, too.
Tell us, what’s your secret? ...What’s that? Communication and honesty?
Their snuggly friend, Burt the Pug, totally wants in on this relationship too. Read More
BY Katharine Ernst
on Jun 25, 2013
Who knew our favorite feminist author was so into DIY culture? Woolf collab'd with her newphews, Julian and Quentin Bell, to create a self-published family newspaper. What started as charming words and illustrations developed into The Charleston Bulletin, a series of publications about happenings and events in the household. They mainly consisted of stories and sketches that use wit and a critical eye to talk about the goings-on within the family. Read More
BY Daisy Becerra
on May 31, 2013
Leave it to racist internet trolls to ruin an innocent, family-friendly commercial.
The source of all the unnecessary controversy is the newest 31-second “Just Checking” commercial brought to you by Cheerios. The premise? It’s as cute and completely uncontroversial as it gets: an adorable girl foils her dad after asking her mom if the cereal is really heart-healthy. The outcome is one messy and awww-worthy moment. Check out the video below.
In the end, it’s not the excessive amount of cuteness or Cheerios that’s making people peeved. Read More