Why you should care
Because not every mother looks like Carol Brady or Clair Huxtable.
I started my “moms project” in 2006, after three years of being a stepmother to twins girls, who are now 18 years old.
People often asked me, “Aren’t you going to have children? Don’t you want to have your own children? When are you going to have your own children?”
The implication was that, as a stepparent, I wasn’t a “real” parent. At the time, I did all the things “real” parents did: took the kids to the doctor; went to soccer games; organized play-dates, birthday parties and summer camp; and saved for college, all while still awaiting my 30th birthday.
So I soon began to think about what parenting and motherhood were all about. I looked to other women to share their hopes, fears, questions and experiences. As my twin girls have grown, this project has also. I have heard all kinds of stories. I have gone back to rephotograph moms and their children.
I tried to encompass all types of moms in this body of work, including stepmoms, lesbian moms, adoptive moms, biological moms, and foster moms. My hope is that this body of work takes all varied forms of motherhood and shows it as one experience.
Alyson Aliano attended Boston University and The School of Visual Arts, earning a BFA. She taught photography at NYU Sternhardt School, Columbia University, The Ministry of Education in El Salvador, UCLA Extension, and The School of Visual Arts in New York. This project recently won AI-AP 27 in November 2011 and Prix de Paris for a book series in October 2011.