Gustavo Gomes’ work seems to be kicking up a storm across the internet recently, with his work O Parto, documenting the birth of his child. One of the brilliant things about photography is its ability to communicate events, whether large or small it is used as a tool for communication and expression. Childbirth is an event that so many adults go through, but Gustavo documents it with such tenderness and uniqueness.
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Some of the best documentarians out there are the ones that choose to communicate something they are passionate about. Gustavo Gomes wanted to raise awareness of natural and home birthing options in brazil. In an interview with Huffington Post, Gustavo told them “Our country has the highest caesarean rates in the world - around 50% of births in the public health system and shockingly 87% in the private system."
This work is not just the work of a spectator, Gustavo is as much a part of the situation as his wife and not surprisingly, didn't capture the moments that his child was born. Gustavo told the Metro
“Photographing the labor didn’t stop me from helping Priscila and being involved in the process. ‘That’s the reason why I don’t have any photo of Violeta coming out – I was there to be the first to hold her when she came to light.’
Thank you to Gustavo for letting us feature his work, you can find more of it on his site.