How times have changed. The essence of what a child needs hasn’t changed, but the expectations surrounding parenting sure have.
I am struck by the sheer beauty found in these black and white shots taken 50 years ago, and re-discovered just recently.
I love the close physical contact between the mothers and their children. I love the nakedness of the children. I love the warm hugs, that eternally nurturing posture. I love the ordinariness of their affection.
But most of all, I LOVE that these photos were taken in a time before the concept of the Yummy Mommy or the Hot Mama, in a time before the perpetually sexualized woman. These images have a carefreeness about them that betrays today’s misunderstanding of love, of womanhood and of motherhood.