Monique and Nailah
Kathy and Cole
Karema Daley and Onahji Wayne
Jamia, Inez and Mateo
Dawn and Kaylan
Iliana and Egypt
Dana and Henry
MAMA LOVE ARTIST STATEMENT
There is no single definition for Mama Love. It is a type of transcendent love that is difficult to describe. Mama love cannot be taught, it is a deep emotional well between mother and child.
During portrait sessions, new mothers oftentimes express amazement at the magnitude of feelings they experience. I felt it was important to document these expressions. I began inviting mothers to my studio and asked them to be photographed with their children.
The mothers range from single teens to married professionals. Some are first time mothers, others have many children. This series of over 100 women aspires to give the viewer a glimpse into the special bond between mother and child. These women are not madonnas or mother goddesses to be idolized. They are fully human, expressing all the complexities of parenthood. Their words also provide us with personal anecdotes that are both heart felt and universal.
To learn more about Camille Mosley-Pasley, visit her studio website, where there is a special sale on “Mama-Love” style portraits.
Camille Mosley-Pasley studied Commercial Photography at Penn Career Center, a vocational high school in Washington, DC, and earned a BFA in Fine Art from the Corcoran College of Art and Design with an emphasis on sculpture and photography. For many years she served as director for two DC area galleries. Currently, she owns and operates a photography studio, serves as chair of Market 5 Gallery, a non-profit alternative arts organization, and is an art consultant and independent curator. Through her ongoing documentary series “Transcendence” and “Mama Love,” she preserves the small, often ignored details of daily life that define her culture.