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The Christening, 2014

by Sarah Rhodes

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 Finalist

Women are challenged by their shifting identity when they become a mother. Some never feel an emotional bond with their newborn child while others struggle with balancing their role as mother, wife, working woman and their own self. This image was taken in the lead up to the child’s christening as he prepares to start the journey of creating his own identity.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

Other NPPP photos from Sarah Rhodes

Paper plane, 2019 Sarah Rhodes
2020 Finalist
Mirror identical twins with autism, 2018 by Sarah Rhodes
2019 Finalist
Sophie, 2013 by Sarah Rhodes
2014 Finalist
Play, 2010 by Sarah Rhodes
2011 Finalist
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