A portrait series captures the challenges and joys of single-parent families

Holding the Infant chronicles the strength shown by single parents as they browse the difficulties presented by austerity in the UK

Main image: Jana, one of the parents included in the exhibit, with her kids. Credit: Polly Braden.

Holding the Baby will be at Bristols Arnolfini from 19 February 2022.

Bradens images are complemented by a word collage from fiction author Claire-Louise Bennett, who asked single parents to assess their most cherished possessions.

” The individuals Ive met in the making of this work constantly reveal their sense of adventure, and their strength transcends the often-difficult situations they face,” added Braden.

Hope and durability found the lens of professional photographer Polly Braden as she chronicled single being a parent in the face of among the most important problems of our time– austerity.

The individuals Ive met in the making of this work constantly reveal their sense of experience, says Braden.

Framing a subject that might have descended into mawkish sentimentality or greyscale pessimism, Bradens most current exhibit, Holding the Baby, rather records poignant minutes in sunlight-dappled gardens, tender beach scenes, warm smiles and vibrant colour.

” After becoming a single parent myself, I started to explore some of the prejudices leading to policies that punish the moms and dad and scrutinise who has stayed,” stated Braden

She worked together with journalist Sally Williams to check out the daily truth of life for 7 single-parent families. They include foster care Caroline, who became a parent without a partner by utilizing a sperm donor, and Jahanara, who fed an abusive marital relationship and is now forging a new life for herself as she studies engineering.

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