Don’t let the headline fool you. We didn’t break into the houses of pregnant women and take photos of them asleep in the their beds. No. We didn’t. We wouldn’t do that.
But after you see this absolutely breathtaking series of pictures – you’ll be glad that someone did.
By Jana Romanova
Jana Romanova is the woman who took the photos. She’s a Russian photographer and she took 40 photos of her friends, relatives and strangers and their partners as they slept in the morning – to correlate with the 40 weeks of pregnancy.
This is an interview she did with Vice magazine about the how she got those incredible shots.
You were about 25 when you began working on this project—that’s kinda young to be thinking about babies, no? Was your clock ticking already?
No, it was the exact opposite. It was around then that I started noticing a lot of my friends getting pregnant, and suddenly everything changed. All the fun and the drinking and the hitchhiking stopped and, for me, it was a really difficult moment because I felt like I was alone.
Aww. Was the project kind of your way of getting yourself involved?
Sort of. I kept trying to think of ways to deal with it—ways to get used to it. I slept over at my pregnant friend’s flat one night and, when I woke up, I noticed that the couple were sleeping on the floor. There was a ladder in the flat, so I climbed up and took a picture of them. That picture said something to me about their relationship; the way they were sleeping made them seem very much like a team and extremely disconnected at the same time.
Did you try to find women who were at different stages of pregnancy to photograph, too?
I did, but it was very difficult. In Russia, there’s this superstition where a lot people won’t share the news that they’re pregnant until the third month for fear of losing the baby. So most people didn’t want to be photographed at that stage. Again, I could manipulate the order of the photos to imply that people were in the early stages of pregnancy. The first image is of this very big guy and this very small girl. She hardly looks pregnant at all, but, in reality, she’s three months in.