Photo of the Week – January 8, 2007

Tree of life

Originally uploaded by Katsoulis.

The stretchmarks here are amazing and intense. I like how they are shaped like a tree – the fetal side of a placenta also has a “tree of life” image on it, so this mama has got one inside and on the outside. I also love how lopsided her belly button is. It’s perfectly imperfect just like most mama bellies.

16 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – January 8, 2007

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 5:44 am

    That’s amazing. It looks painful and very stretched, but beautiful.

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 7:39 am

    I’m taking advantage of the first comment being moderated, to say that this picture seems fabricated. It’s a great pic, but there is something about it that’s not quite right. Know what I mean?

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 9:18 am

    It doesn’t look fabricated to me. It’s a professional photograph taken in a studio. If you click on it, you can read, in the comments at Flickr, a little about it, and the photographer says it’s unretouched.

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    i would have to agree with bonnie that it doesn’t look fabricated. i’m 35 weeks pregnant this week and my marks look a lot like that, they’re just all below my belly button (which is also strangely crooked). you just never know how a body is going to stretch and grow!

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    I don’t think it’s been touched. It’s just an amazing photo. Funny thing according to Katsoulis, the woman in the photo liked this pic the least! I love the perfect imperfection of it.


  • Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    WOW! And I thought I was stretched to no end! Beautiful pic!!! :-)

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Great picture! By the way, everyone’s belly button is off center, it’s something I never realized until I was pregnant with my youngest baby but it’s true! Go check yourself out in a mirror. lol

  • Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 3:29 am

    What a great artistic pic, the belly is beautiful and a wonderful sight :-) But it looks like the computer altered it to look “3-D” like her belly “jumps” out at you. The belly is very BIG (no offense…was she overdue at the time?) and resembled an onion bulb (unusual shape and form for a typical pregnancy). The belly’s “tree” lines on her abdomen look like it’s been drawn…but what a cute and fun pic, a good work of art w/ or w/out the computer image effects program. +

  • Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 8:45 am

    This is a cool photo but I think I understand why the woman doesn’t like it. She’s all belly in this picture. Where’s the rest of her?

    In terms of body image, I think there’s sort of a “perfect” point sometime in your pregnancy. For me it was around 7 months – big and round – obviously pregnant, not just fat – but feeling very voluptuous and full of life. Late in pregnancy – and I went 10 days overdue so I know from late – I just felt enormous and uncomfortable and all belly. This picture makes me think of that feeling.

  • Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 8:52 am

    Michael, it looks “3D” like that because it has a short range of focus (I’m forgetting my terminology here – it’s been years since I formally photographed anything manually). All has to do with aperture on the camera. Totally possible (perhaps easier) without photoshop.

  • Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 9:35 am

    “Perfectly imperfect.” That’s a great way to put it :) I’ll be using that description in the future.

  • Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 11:43 am

    I think it looks a little out there!! but pregnancy is a beauiful thing.

  • Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 9:28 am

    My belly was way out there, too, and the kid was born at 37.5 weeks (and just shy of 8 pounds, so he wasn’t as big as my belly looked). I think it was partly because my abs separated due to a prior abdominal surgery.

    My stretch marks were/are kind of like that – but I always thought they looked like a fancy chrysanthemum like you see in Japanese art.

    Maybe someday I’ll post my own pics…

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    Those stretchmarks are stunning! Makes me wish I had some!

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    I had my daughter 3 months ago and I thought it couldnt possibly get any bigger.She weighed 8’15,this picture makes me wish I had taken more pictures of my belly.

  • Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 4:48 am

    This photo makes me want to have another baby very badly. Pregnancy is so….Magical.

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