What can be more inspiring and resilient than listening to a five-year-old girl who spent her life until then struggling with severe multiple food allergies, saying that when she couldn’t eat strawberries, she pretended that watermelons were strawberries? Moments like this kept Sandra Bacchi strong and positive while facing the shadows that came to the surface when she became a mother.
Watermelons Are Not Strawberries is a photographic memoir about the ups and downs of parenting and the surprising lessons about acceptance and healing we can learn from our children. The visual experience of moving from chaos to clarity is both vulnerable and relatable, giving the viewer a window into what it means to find peace and a little bit of hope.
“Sandra Bacchi’s photographs portray contradiction through layers, rich lighting, and beautiful compositions. Quite simply, Bacchi photographs visualize what it feels like to be simultaneously isolated and connected, while honouring the delicate balance of nurturing and letting go. As a photography professor, the complexity, beauty, honesty, and unique approach to photographing this subject are what drew me to featuring her work as an example of "contemporary strong women" in my classes at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.”