PURE. Proud young mothers - When a young woman (16 - 22 years old) decides to keep her baby, who are we to judge and disapprove of her choice? She chose LIFE.
9 Stories and 30 portraits of PUUR. Trotse tienermoeders (2009) are now available in English translation. RESPECT!
In the Netherlands being a 'teenmom' is the real last taboo. With teenage pregnancy numbers almost the lowest of the world, they're rejected and prejudiced.
With PURE. my goal was to try to create a change in the way people think about being a young parent.
In 2011 I made PURE. part two, 34 women who became mother at age 16-22. These mothers wrote down their stories in their own words. (Dutch) Check:www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2331717
Some of them were in PURE. part one, some of them I've never met before.
Thank you, all models, for sharing your story with me.
I would like the world to focus on the beauty of our world and the people living in it. Often this beauty is not seen... Photography is focussed to violence, war and famine....but this is just the ugly world. Make love, not war. Live, and let live. Everybody is worth it!
If you want to buy any of these photos as art prints plz contact MeRy by e-mail info@MeRy.nl
I am what we in Holand call a 'real people-photographer', so I am specialized in portraits and documentary photography. Check my personal website www.mery.com for more fine art photos. U can leave a comment in my guestbook or weblog; www.mery.nl/log (sorry, it's in Dutch but we're working on an English version) and for my complete biography and curriculum vitae check out 'personal'