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Mourning Motherhood Photography

Jennifer Loeber's Latest Series Explores Love and Loss

— July 14, 2014 — Fashion
In order to cope with her mother's sudden passing, photographer Jennifer Loeber created an archival photo series to express her grief.

Loeber explains, “I found myself deeply overwhelmed by the need to keep even the most mundane of my mom’s belongings.” Her photography series, titled 'Left Behind,' offered Loeber a form of emotional release from the feelings of anxiety and sadness that her mother's belongings stirred in her.

Loeber shared photos of her mom's things on Instagram as a method of disengaging herself from them. Through this cathartic ritual, Loeber was able to shed the sentimental feelings that kept her from coming to terms with her mother's death. Each item is accompanied by an archival photo related to the object in question, ultimately offering a visual history of her mother's life.
Trend Themes
1. Mourning Photography - The trend of using photography as a therapeutic tool for dealing with grief and loss.
2. Archival Keepsakes - The trend of preserving sentimental possessions as a way of keeping memory alive.
3. Visual Personal Histories - The trend of using photography to document personal histories and memories.
Industry Implications
1. Photography - Photographers can offer customized mourning photography sessions for clients dealing with loss.
2. Digital Archiving - Companies can offer digital archival services to preserve sentimental possessions and memories.
3. Therapy and Mental Health - Counselors and therapists can incorporate photographic exercises as part of their grief and loss treatment plans.
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