Waiting, by Jana Romanova

Waiting, Jana Romanova

Waiting, Jana Romanova:

It’s a bit heathen-esque for me to admit that I’ve never been into art. I like a pretty picture as much as the next person but I really have no great appreciation for cows suspended in formaldehyde or great water colours by 18th century French men. This possibly goes against  my middle class facade and I may well be turned away from John Lewis the next time I step through their doors but it’s the truth: I am the woman who went to the Louvre, took a look through the window then decided to drink a bottle of wine in the cafe next door. My motto? You’ve seen one painting, you’ve seen then all.

Waiting, Jana Romanova

One exception to this rule is PHOTOS.  Photos, I love. I really appreciate the work of artists like Ryan McGinley, Harley Weir, Terry RichardsonRichard Kern, and now Jana Romanova, and I was introduced to these people in my job at Vice Magazine before Elfie came along. It was the most wonderful exciting, cutting-edge and creative atmosphere to work in and gave me so many opportunities, from going to fashion week to sending my dad to a rock festival in France and as much vodka I could possibly drink.


Waiting, Jana Romanova

Unfortunately, family life was not so compatable with all that crazy fun so I went self-employed after maternity leave but I still like to keep up with my old friends at Vice; that’s how I came across this incredible series of photographs by a Russian artist. Entitled ‘Waiting by Jana Romanova’, it’s a collection of pictures that Jana Romanova took of her friends and their partners in different stages of pregnancy as they slept in bed. Setting up a ladder the night before she would creep in at 6am to snap her photographs quietly, before they woke up. I’m not sure how well I would sleep knowing someone was about to come in and capture the crusty bits around my mouth but I think it’s such a wonderful idea and a real intimate insight into an aspect of a couple’s life you don’t normally see. It makes me think back to that special special time when we were waiting to meet our babies, the kicks, flips and turns  you feel so much more at night.

You can see the full story and an interview with Jana Romanova over at Vice.com or visit Jana’s website here.

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  1. Claire White wrote:

    Beautiful…thanks for sharing x

    Posted 11.13.12 Reply
  2. Just gorgeous. There’s something quite enchanting about these photos

    Posted 11.13.12 Reply
  3. Liz Burton wrote:

    These are really special.

    Thank you for sharing.

    I wish I had some of me like this when I was pregnant!

    Posted 11.14.12 Reply
  4. These are really beautiful. So real and raw – I absolutely love them. I don’t think I’ve come across such intimate pregnancy photographs before – I far prefer these to posed shots. Thank you for sharing. x

    Posted 11.17.12 Reply
  5. Amy wrote:

    These are beautiful. I wonder if my love and I sleep so sweetly!

    Posted 11.19.12 Reply