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Photographer Shares Her Heartbreak of 11 Miscarriages In Moving Series, ‘Lost’

By Hanssie on April 6th 2016

“With each loss of my 11 babies, I kept mementos. They are all kept pristinely stored in a white box in my closet, as are the memories of their short lives kept pristinely stored in my heart.”

According to the March of Dimes website, as many as 50% of pregnancies end in miscarriage (10-15% among women who know they are pregnant). Though we don’t know all the causes of miscarriage, it is a heartbreaking and painful experience that many women go through.

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For photographic artist Dianne Yudelson, her newest series, ‘Lost’ is a deeply personal reflection of her 11 miscarriages. Helping a friend through a painful loss prompted Dianne to reflect on her own experience. As part of her grieving process following the loss of each of her precious babies, Dianne kept mementos – ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, tiny booties, hats, toys – in a big white box hidden in her closet. As she gently laid each piece out on the bed, she felt the need to document the stories of each of her babies to not only “honor their precious lives,” but in the hopes of helping other women who have experienced the loss of a baby know that they are are not alone. Dianne, now 57-years-old, began this project last year; her last miscarriage was ten years ago.

Lost: Georgia

Lost: Georgia

For this series, Dianne diverged from her typical eclectic and often abstract photography style and photographed each image in the Lost series in the studio. Each image in the series is named after the child she lost, and the stark black and white contrast is a heart-wrenching reflection of a life lost much too soon. Dianne explains, “I arranged these items in a manner I felt told the narrative in a humble and pristine fashion in direct correlation to their short and pure livesI have read the assertion that meaningful art occurs when you share yourself and create from the depths of your soul. So I share.” 

The Lost series has garnered numerous awards since its inception in 2015. You can see the entire series on Dianne Yudelson’s gallery here and the rest of her work on her website here.

Lost: Bryce

Lost: Bryce

Lost: Gwendolyn

Lost: Gwendolyn

Lost: Mary and Vivian

Lost: Mary and Vivian

Lost: Tommy

Lost: Tommy

Lost: Violet

Lost: Violet

CREDITS: Photographs by Dianne Yudelson are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

[Via Buzzfeed]

 

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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  2. Clare Havill

    I found this very moving article. I understand the pain of multiple miscarriages as I’ve had four myself., It’s great that Dianne has highlighting this issue, it’s often a taboo subject which should be talked about more openly.

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  3. Jay Protacio

    Wow. Simply wow. Looking at each image and knowing what each represent has a huge impact.

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  4. Daniel Thullen

    Dianne has made a touching tribute to those lives that were too brief!

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    • Hanssie

      I agree. I can’t even imagine going through what she has. Moving.

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