This is a self-portrait of myself at forty weeks pregnant with my first child. I wanted to capture the mixed emotions I was feeling about becoming a new mum and anticipating the actual birth experience fast approaching.
Vanessa Bertagnole, 1983, United States, is a freelance photographer who currently resides in Australia. After completing a Masters degree in Visual Culture Research from the Australian National University in 2011, Bertagnole relocated from Canberra to Brisbane where she is based with her husband. When she is not taking photographs, Bertagnole works as an arts consultant for remote Aboriginal art centres. Bertagnole's passion for photography began ten years ago when she inherited her grandfather's old Canon AE-1 SLR film camera. She has been taking photographs ever since, although has since embraced digital technology. She chooses to document people in a photojournalistic style that conveys people's personalities, culture and lifestyles. For Bertagnole, photography is a means of self-expression as well as story-telling. Her curiosity is the impetus for exploring new places with her camera and challenging herself to dig deeper to locate the stories that are not so obvious. Longer-term personal projects focus on cross-cultural issues and the ways in which cultural and social identities are expressed in everyday remote and rural community life.