The One Love Project
I have one daughter, my only child. Our bond is strong. Our time together is plentiful. And our energy is as intertwined as our limbs when we cuddle. Seeing her solitary through my camera lens grew difficult over time, because it is inaccurate. She isn’t alone. I am here, too. As a playmate, chase partner, hula hooper, nature explorer, tickler, adventurer, and a haven. I even let her stuff blankets under my shirt when she wants to play baby, despite the slight pang of emotion I feel with the scenario. But she is exploring life as an only, in her own way, so I embrace that. Whether it be my hand, foot, shadow, reflection, or mere implied presence and closeness — I am here. And we have fun! While I am certain her memory will remember, the photographic representation feels significant to me. Though this visual exploration has meandered through various emotional terrain — such as joy, questioning, healing, and thankfulness — what prevails above all, is simply connection and love. And it runs deeper than anything else.
Meredith Abenaim is a Massachusetts-based natural light photographer whose work often explores her two selves — one part motherhood and one part channeling a penchant for wanderlust that existed long before motherhood. The One Love Project examines mothering an only child with themes of presence, connection, and healing, while Rockport is a study of light and alternative perspectives of the Cape Ann fishing village. Meredith’s photographs have been included in exhibitions at the The Griffin Museum of Photography, Panopticon Gallery, and ArtSpace Gallery (all in Massachusetts), Black Box Gallery (in Oregon), and A Smith Gallery (in Texas). Her work has also been published in Off the Coast and F-Stop magazine. When not photographing, Meredith can be found putting on plays in her living room or riding her Razor scooter around the neighborhood – both with her daughter, of course.
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