People often cross paths in their life with other people, whether they are strangers, friends or family, people can have great significance in others’ lives. It is these chance meetings that make life what it is and this concept has been integral in shaping not only our history and future but everyone around us; hypothetically; two strangers meet, get together, have a child then this creates a family. When one person dies often a new life is created somewhere else in the world at random. In relation to the human body this subject of birth questions life and death, the circle of life and family.
Lisa felt honoured to be asked to photograph an acquaintance, now very good friend Elisabeth, giving birth to her daughter Grace. Lisa felt that being part of such a special and pivotal moment in someone’s life is such a gift. “You can’t recreate this, it is real, it is once and it is what it is. I know this may not be for some people to witness but being born is something we have all been through and it is a part of life.”
Lisa’s series is both artistic and observant. “I wanted to allow my audience the chance to voyeuristically witness a personal event that was both precious and intimate. This is a subject often concealed from the public eye as it is often viewed as unattractive as it strips women of all glamour. It is unconventional to the ideas of ideal female beauty and social expectations of attractiveness.” The birth was Lisa’s central focus however she draws upon aspects of the family as a unit, looking at the relationship between parents, the support that is shared and the happiness that comes from creating new life. Lisa presents appears absent, allowing the observer to see the detailed truth in an un constructed way.