British fine-art photographer Natalie Lennard, also known as Miss Aniela, was recently interviewed by Framed as part of her Birth: Undocumented fine art series. Lennard, who first gained notoriety on Deviant Art for her unique self-portraits, and later rose to prominence as a conceptual fantasy photographer, has thrown all the skill she's built over the years into her latest personal project celebrating the miracle of birth.
In this interview with Framed, Lennard shares her journey from conceptual fashion photographer who was still questioning the purpose of her career, to mother and fine-artist hip-deep in a brave passion project rooted in a traumatic but powerful life event. Here, we see a well-known photographer vulnerable as she shares the story of losing her firstborn child, and how that experience put her on a path to creating powerful new work that is inspiring women the world over. Lennard breaks down her inspiration for each image that has been released for the series so far, her hope that raw depictions of these birth stories will empower women to choose the birth experience they want, as well as admitting her reservations about how images like these will be received by the public. If the comments on her Facebook page are anything to judge by, the series has been received exactly the way she hoped, with women and men alike awed by the passion clear in her photographs.