It’s one of the biggest parenthood cliches: it takes a village to raise a child. But what happens when there’s no village?
I’m certainly not the first person to ask this question. In the last few years articles on the subject have been springing up on mummy blogs, parenting websites and major media outlets like the Huffington Post.
As a mother of two living over 12,000 kms from own family, though, this question has plagued me since the birth of my first child and I’ve had to work pretty hard to find and create community.
And that’s what I’m looking to document in this new project: created community.
I’m looking for families to document photographically in Sydney & surrounds who have built some type of village for themselves, outside of the “traditional” nuclear family. Here are some examples of what I’m looking for:
- Multiple families co-habitating together
- Extended family living together
- Families who live with housemates (particularly when they play a role in the child-rearing)
- Polyamorous family units
- Milk-sharing (or wet-nursing) mothers
- Parents with very closely knit support groups
- Families that are part of a homeschooling or group or other type of co-op
I’m keen to hear any other stories about families who’ve found a way to create their own village in some way (even if it doesn’t always feel like it’s working!).All participants must be willing for photos of them and their children to appear in photo essay form on my website and social media.
Please get in touch if you might be interested in being photographed for this project. I want to tell YOUR unique story!