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    Mothers Around the World


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Maia Mikhaluk said, "The theme of motherhood is very appealing to me as I am also a mother and my connection with my kids is one of the most important aspects of my life. Observing women around the world helps me better understand myself, challenges some of my paradigms and stereotypes."

    Mikhaluk is a freelance photographer from Kiev, Ukraine, who travels often. While abroad she often takes to the streets to capture candid moments.
    - taliaday, CNN iReport producer

    One of the most fascinating observable aspects of any culture are visible expressions of human bonds that people around the world could relate to – connections between friends, couples, mothers and children.


    Those connections and relationships nurture, shape, build us up and break us down more than any other forces life applies in its sculpturing process. Our bonds with our mothers is the first carving of our personalities that takes place.


    Mother is a mother in India, Cambodia, Peru, Thailand, Nepal, Israel or Ukraine. What it's like to be a mother differs greatly, but what it feels to be a mother might cross the borders without needing any translation. How does she look at her child, how does she care for him? Is there warmth or distance, delight or indifference, care or neglect, love or contempt, protection or abuse, shared joy or shared sorrow, passing on hope or hopelessness.


    Photographing mothers with children I find myself hungry for a “happy narrative” – whatever the environment is (poor or prosperous, beautiful or dirty) – I so wish to see kids loved and protected! Unfortunately not all narratives look happy. My slice of a story is 1/100 of a second of shutter click, but there is so much you can “see”, imagine outside of the frame – the woman’s past, her child’s future…

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