Hair is the most distinctive and changeable part of our appearance. It is a powerful symbol of who we are. This series of portraits deal with the idea of identity of women who struggle to accept their naturally curly, unruly hair and adopt a more manageable hairstyle to fit their new personality. This project is inspired by a personal quest for reconnection with identity associated with curly hair. Thus the created portraits are considered to be the prism through which I am trying to look at myself and project my inner emotions onto the sitters.
I started this project in response to my son's rapid transformation due to the onset of puberty. I photographed the boys in Ireland and Russia between 9 and 14 years of age, producing portraits documenting their lives as they move from boyhood into adulthood.
The realisation of the boys' inevitable development into young adults forces me to accept the process of ageing. Time is an essence of this work. The way it slips and escapes our grasp is overwhelming. As much as this work represents the boys at the threshold of their emerging adolescence it also speaks about my emerging identity as a mother of a man.