Looking into the eyes of mothers

mother and baby in Kolkata, India

Kolkata, India


I recently came across a collection of photos by Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc. In the course of doing the work that eventually culminated in her book, The Atlas of Beauty, Noroc took some amazing photographs of mothers and their children. Given that tomorrow is Dia de Las Madres in Spain where we live, this seemed a fine time to share them with you. I’m grateful to the artist for graciously granting me permission.

During the course of her work on the book, Noroc traveled to over 50 countries. Looking into the eyes of these mothers allows me to feel a kinship with them that touches me.


Mother with daughter strapped to her back, Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal


Mother and young baby in Tehran, Iran

Tehran, Iran


Mother and toddler in Osh, Kyrgystan

Osh, Kyrgystan


mother with baby strapped to her back, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Bahir Dar, Ethiopia


mother and young teenager in New York, US

New York, USA


mother and two daugthers in a refugee camp, Greece

Refugee Camp, Greece


Mother and baby in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan


Mother and two daughters in Aguas Calientes, Guatemala

Aguas Calientes, Guatemala


Mother and toddler in Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal


Young pregnant woman, Guangzhou, China

Guangzhou, China


There are lots of other wonderful images to explore in Noroc’s Instagram collection, and in her book, The Atlas of Beauty. In both places you can learn more about the stories behind the photographs. In a blog post, she gave this short description of the project as a whole:

“In this journey I photographed hundreds of natural women surrounded by their culture. The Atlas Of Beauty is about our planet’s diversity shown through portraits of women.

“I prefer to photograph natural faces, without a lot of makeup, and to capture that moment of sincerity and serenity that is so specific for women. I think everybody has to cultivate their own beauty, rather than copying something that doesn’t suit her. In the end, the original is better than a copy.”

As a little bonus, I also share this link: not strictly a mothering picture, but one of the blessings that might follow naturally, in the course of time.



[Images: Mihaela Noroc]



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