As a photographer, Ashlee Wells Jackson has seen first hand how women can have a distorted relationship with their bodies.
When Ashlee tragically lost one of her twin girls, Aurora, at birth she started feeling as though her body was a failure. She writes on her website that at the time she felt “like less of a woman. Like less of a mother,” and feeling broken, she knew she needed to do something.
That’s how the 4th Trimester Bodies Project was born. In June 2013, five months after her other twin daughter Nova came home from hospital, Ashlee stood in front of the camera, and in one photograph, captured the challenging time she had been through.
From there, she’s grown an empowering project that gives women a platform to share their stories and normalise their experiences of motherhood.
She’s currently travelling the world capturing images and stories.