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thelivingfilm @ 02:55 pm: a project on miscarriages (xposted)
Hi, I'm new to the community. This might seem a bit unorthodox but I am a photographer who is currently creating a body of photographs on the topic of miscarriages as a way to educate people on their prevalence and the types of experiences that women have because of them (though I am also interested in hearing from partners too).

If you are interested in reading a bit more about the project, please read the rest of the post after the LJ cut. Thank you. :)



HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE:
If you are interested in participating, please email me at julie.barnofski@gmail.com

I am very interested in any and all stories that relate to miscarriage. Also, you don't need to be a woman to participate; men can participate too if they are affected by a partner's miscarriage.

ABOUT THE PROJECT:
This project is arising from a small book project I did a couple years ago called "Frida's Baby" which you can view by going to my website juliebarnofski.com, click on "bookmaking" and then click "Frida's Baby". The book was inspired by the artist Frida Kahlo who herself experienced many miscarriages and she included some of her troubles with infertility in her paintings. In this book, I took the miscarriage experiences of 8 women who sent in their stories. I plan to continue themes of this project in a new body of photographs that tell women's experiences with miscarriages (how it has affected them, their families, their goals, their lives, their partners, etc.). My goal is to create a series of dignified images that educate and empower women by bringing this semi-taboo theme (or topic that is not as often discussed as it perhaps should be) into a public sphere.

WHY AM I MAKING THIS PROJECT:
Watching so many women struggle with fertility, I have observed many women in my life who have experienced miscarriage at some point and yet they often feel like they are unable to discuss it (whether out of emotional attachment or out of fear of being somehow socially shunned or pitied). I would like to encourage the dialogue about miscarriage so that we become less afraid to discuss it and more educated on how prevalent it is. This body of photographs will do this.

WHAT IF I LIVE FAR AWAY?
Admittedly, I am a photographer that is currently living in Houston, TX right now, but even if you don't live nearby I would love to hear from you and at some point I might be able to travel to you. Even if travel does not occur, I am still very interested in your story, so please contact me anyway.

WHAT ABOUT STILLBIRTH AND OTHER BIRTH COMPLICATIONS?
While my primary interest lies in discussing miscarriages, I am very open to stories of stillbirth or instances in which an infant passed away very shortly after being born.

Please feel free to email me with any questions you have! julie.barnofski@gmail.com

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