There is so much magic that is happening inside our bodies during pregnancy. We have created life, and nourishing a little baby as she grows inside us. We document that journey with beautiful belly pics and we marvel at our sonograms. Photographer Leonie Versantvoort took it one step further with her collaboration with face painter Marieke van den Dungen-Crone. Together they brought that magic happening inside our bodies outside the womb. The result is a breathtaking and beautiful look at the miracle of life.
And here you thought face painting was only for county fairs.
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There is so much beauty here ... it nearly silences me. I just look in awe at that baby growing in her belly and marvel at our abilities. We carry life. We create life. We do it all inside us, within us, made of us. We are both so precious and yet so strong and able.
Seeing the body paint on this mom-to-be is a teaching -- we see the pregnancy in a whole different way and it has an intimacy that is different from what's produced from an ultrasound. Perhaps this would take the fear out of pregnancy for some newly pregnant women, and help us all continue to be proud and rejoice in our incredible ability. Our magic.
Isn't this realistic body paint beautiful?
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