Three years ago, at the age of 50, I moved from the US to Switzerland with my husband and our two young children, leaving our oldest child behind to attend university in America. I operated two businesses (including a growing photography business). I had two university degrees and a thriving professional life. When we moved away from the US, I closed my businesses and dedicated myself to helping my husband and children (and myself) settle into life in our new country. I became a stay at home mother for the first time.
As I began to adjust to the culture shock of living in a new country with a new language and new customs, I began to notice something…I was becoming invisible. Without meaningful work and a sense of community belonging, I felt diminished and isolated and I began to see this in my photography. In a desperate attempt to be seen, I began to insert myself into my photos, most often as a mere reflection, shadow or with a small part of my body showing. This series is a reflection on that time in my life.