Strange and Beautiful Portraits of a Mother and Daughter’s Evolving Relationship

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Photographer Viktoria Sorochinski began this project in 2005, when the young 23-year-old mother and the 3-year-old daughter’s bond was most dramatic. “It was often hard to tell who held the power and control between the two, and who was learning the essence of being a human in this world,” she writes. So, she brought out the co-dependent and child-like nature of both through folk tale-influenced, phantasmagoric scenes. As time passed, both grew and the young child drifted off into an imaginary world of her own. The dynamics of this changing relationship come to life in a beautiful series Anna & Eve, currently on view through February 25 at the Courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago. See the series in our slideshow — part documentary, part enchanted family album.

Viktoria Sorochinski, Attachment, 2006. Courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery

Viktoria Sorochinski, Birds, 2007. Courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery

Viktoria Sorochinski, Switching Places, 2006. Courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery

Viktoria Sorochinski, Exchanging Wisdom, 2006. Courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery

Viktoria Sorochinski, Temptation, 2007. Courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery

Viktoria Sorochinski, Reflection, 2007. Courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery

Viktoria Sorochinski, Shared Truth, 2007. Courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery

Viktoria Sorochinski. Daydreaming, 2009. Courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery

Photo credit: Viktoria Sorochinski

height=”501″ class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-258603″ /> Photo credit: Viktoria Sorochinski