England - London - Ella's first year, labour pains.
"Three cylinders of gas and air." A young mother enters the final stage of labour on a labour ward at Kings College Hospital, London. Using the painkiller Pethadine from a cylinder she draws on the mouthpiece to counteract the pain during contractions. A hospital identity tag bearing her name, date of birth and code number is secured to her wrist. She already looks exhausted, tolerating the rythmic stages of birth and she grips tightly a supportive hand. This is from a documentary series of pictures about the first year of the photographer's first child Ella. Accompanied by personal reflections and references from various nursery rhymes, this work describes his wife Lynda's journey from expectant to actual motherhood and for Ella - from new-born to one year-old.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download