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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 23 2011
$760
pledged of $7,500pledged of $7,500 goal
22
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 23 2011

About

I began this project photographing my own stretched and floppy body to help myself face, love and accept myself. I began asking other mothers that I knew if they would be interested in becoming a part of a series. I was stunned at how many of them were thrilled at the opportunity! The bellies project caught on like wildfire and I now have dozens of women volunteering to showcase their bodies and tell their stories. There are so many things the books don’t tell you about the struggles of becoming a mother, one of several things that all of us have in common are these stories. I have begun to compile their stories to accompany their figure studies and I would love to put a book together. Through communication and absolute, brutal honesty about the ups and teeth clenching downs of the journey to and through motherhood perhaps fewer women will experience the isolation that so often comes with it. And perhaps by sharing our extra skin and colorful scars and embracing and loving our bodies openly, fewer women will feel so self conscious! The media has flooded us with images of flat bellies and perky breasts. I’d like to pour some truth into that flood. We are flabby and saggy and stretched and BEAUTIFUL! We gave our bodies to give life. I believe that this gift should be celebrated! Why I need the money… There are so many women that want to be a part of this and I want to photograph every last one. However, I do not have a space in which to work. I shoot out of my home, re-arranging and tearing apart my living room again and again to accommodate a photo shoot. I would rejoice in a space solely for photography, a space that could be completely dedicated to this and future projects. I believe that even a year in a studio space would be ample time to complete this project. My ultimate dream is to self-publish "Stretchmarks are Storytellers: The Bellies Project" as a photographic book telling the stories and showcasing the bodies of wonderful, beautiful mothers.

Real mothers, real women have scars, have stories. We are the majority not the minority.

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    Praise and thanks bigger than you could ever imagine as well as your name on the "Would never have been possible without:" page in the finished book and on my website.

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    A personalized Belly postcard and your name on the "Would never have been possible without:" page in the finished book and on my website.

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    A VERY personal, personalized 5x7 print of your name PAINTED on my belly, your name on the "Would never have been possible without:" page in the finished book and on my website.

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    A T-shirt proclaiming "Stretchmarks are Storytellers" . They will be beautifully screen-printed, I promise! A personalized Belly postcard and your name on the "Would never have been possible without:" page in the finished book and on my website.

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    A signed 8x10 print of any photograph from my website or Flickr account, a personalized Belly postcard and your name on the "Would never have been possible without:" page in the finished book and on my website.

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    An 11x14 print of anything you see fit from my website or Flickr account! Seriously, you want it, you got it! And signed to boot! a personalized Belly postcard and your name on the "Would never have been possible without:" page in the finished book and on my website.

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    A limited edition copy of the final finished book signed and dated with a special one of a kind personal thank page, a 5x7 print of your name painted on MY belly, your name on the "Would never have been possible without:" page in the finished book and on my website.

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