A few years back Callie Lipkin started shooting dads, inspired by her own husband and his role as primary caregiver for their three young sons. She photographed dads all over the US, in Iceland, and in Shanghai, and made both photos and videos throughout the project.
This year, Callie has decided to switch her focus to motherhood for a more personal perspective. In her ongoing series, Mom Time, she explores the issue of maternal anxiety. It's a closer look at the emotions mothers experience, worrying about their children, and worrying about the human condition in the world today. "The current state of the environment, politics, economics, resource scarcity and race relations do little to alleviate our concerns," Callie says.
Callie has been shooting editorially and commercially for over 20 years. Her clients include AT&T, Comcast, Corona, Kellogg’s, McDonald’s, Kleenex, Minute Maid and Whirlpool, among others.
"I never imagined myself as a mother, but when my husband and I decided to have a child together, it really opened up a whole new path in life for me. In my early 20s, all I wanted to do was to travel the world. I couldn’t get enough of soaking up different cultures, meeting new people, observing and photographing different approaches to life.
"Then, as I approached and crossed into my 30s, I took a break from travelling and focused on my career development. When I was 35 I had my first son, and as a new parent I felt like a foreign exchange student: totally out of my element, having limited tools and language skills, but needing to learn and adapt to a new and constantly changing parental vocabulary and routine. And I fell in love with it."
Callie adds: "All of the images in the Mom Time series come from deeply personal experiences, and I hope that each mom can see herself somewhere in them and that everyone – every mom, dad, or otherwise – enjoys them."