In 19.08.2016, at Queens Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital, my wife Dora gave birth by a planned cesarean section to our son Stratis. I was there, day and night, and I capture every intimate moment of our life.
Potentially my pictures do show Dora in discomfort but once you’ve gone through birth you realize it’s not about the pain as we know it in an everyday sense. It’s an amazing, primal experience.
Dora has a strong emotional reaction every time she looks at her birthing pictures. There is an element of remembering the discomfort but in a nice, nostalgic ‘looking back’ kind of way. But above all these photos are a keepsake for her and for my son as one of the most significant moments of her & his new life.
As a father I felt that I have been assigned from my son to capture the intensity of feeling in the theater, the touches, the encouragement and the small details which get forgotten; documenting the wonder of his birth and helping Dora to understand and feel proud of this experience. “Birth is many things – beautiful, hard, rewarding, bonding, exhausting, difficult and yes, graphic but after all, it’s LIFE entering the world, souls meeting.