They both loved me fiercely and unconditionally, and I them.
Being fashionable and beautifully groomed were most important to my Mum Gillian, whereas my Grandma Dot, while always beautifully presented, was a lot more practical in her choice of clothing.
One of my strongest memories of her is the thick veins on her working hands. I always admired them with a certain fascination.
My Mum and my Grandma are the two incredible women to have had the biggest influence in my life.
My Grandma Dorothy is pictured here next to my Papa Leo, her loving and devoted husband, holding her tiny first born Gillian, in 1943. My beautiful Mum. The other photo shows my mother as a young woman in her 20’s. Was she ever glamorous!
The one thing she and my Grandma shared in common was a strong desire to be a mother.
Even though I grew up in Darwin, and my Grandma lived a world away in Melbourne, my sister and I were fortunate enough to be able to travel every Christmas to visit our extended family.
They gave me the space to learn, explore and grow and always without judgement.
I think these two strong and beautiful women are a huge part of the reason I photograph so many mothers and daughters -because I see that connection and I really value the importance of the mother-daughter bond.
Incredibly I’m one of the few lucky ones to have mountains of printed black and white photos of my Mum and Grandma, and even Great-Grandma. Most of them are carefully and lovingly stuck into photo albums.
It’s pretty incredible to think I’ll be able to share these with my own grand children one day.
“A mother who radiates self-love and acceptance actually VACCINATES her daughter again low self-esteem.”
– Naomi Wolf
Happy International Women’s Day 2018