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Oluwaseun Babalola

Description

When asked to talk about my mother, I shut down. It's a response that points to an obvious trigger, but for whatever reason, the need for a resolution was never top priority. Instead, I would tell myself " Acknowledge your love for her when you can. That should be enough. That will make up for the emotional distance."


As a kid, I was obsessed with her. I spent hours combing, braiding and twisting the back of her head while she spoke to friends or family on the phone. I played in her lipstick, I wore her shoes. At 16, I kept her at arms length. It was easier. At this point, it was the only way I wasn't reminded of pain, paranoia, or trauma. This way I could choose to see her beauty and charisma, her charm and her strength, that hair and that smile. 


As an adult, I want to work my way back to her. I now choose to see all of her: the worst of her and the traits that make me proud. Acknowledging her womanhood is acknowledging my love, her humanity, and her influence. I am my own woman, because of this woman.


Price: £55

The Photographer

Oluwaseun Babalola is a Sierra Leonean-Nigerian-American filmmaker. Her focus is to create and collaborate on projects across the globe, while providing positive representation for people of colour.

Concept

Alongside our second print issue, shado has produced a 3-month photography project with 18 photographers around the world where each photographer has responded to the brief I AM A WOMAN.

There is no one way of defining what it personally means to identify as a woman – and we wanted to leave it to a community of photographers to open up these interpretations.

Information

Print Quality: 600 dpi 


Dimensions: A3


Production Time: 

 

Each photograph is professionally printed in a London studio. Once ready, prints are shipped flat or in a sturdy cardboard tube and secured on both sides. 

 

* For addresses in the UK, delivery will take up to 5 business days. 

* International shipping is available to all destinations and postage will be added accordingly. For Europe estimated delivery is 5-6 business days, and for the rest of the world 5-12 business days.



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