Marta Giaccone

Marta Giaccone was born in Italy in 1988. She is now a documentary photographer based out of Wales. In 2014 she graduated with a MFA in photography from the University of South Wales in Newport, UK. Today we share her on-going series titled, “Be Still, My Heart.”

mum_briony 007 “Briony, 19, Lucas, 2. Monmouth, UK, 2014″

mum_briony 012“Bedroom. Monmouth, UK, 2014″

Be Still, My Heart

Be Still, My Heart is a documentary project about teenage mothers in the South of Wales, UK. Britain has one of Europe’s highest rates of teenage pregnancies and in the eyes of society this is still looked down upon.

mum_jess 003“Jess, 19, Scarlett, 2. Cardiff, UK, 2014″

mum_christina 007“Christina, 18. Newport, UK, 2014″

mum_jaynie 003“Jaynie, 20, Maddie and Clara, 3. Cardiff, UK, 2014″

I was interested to meet young girls and help them tell their stories through photos and interviews. From as early as 16 years old they are already very brave mothers, who fight to defend their dignity with a humbling maturity. Meeting them has given me a very positive insight into this “issue”, seemingly perceived as such by everyone save the girls themselves.

mum_lucie 002“Lucie, 22, Logan, 5, Millie and Tulisa, 2. Newport, UK, 2014″

mum_lucie 011“Kitchen. Newport, UK, 2014″

mum_sophie 001“Sophie, 20, Ethan, 4, Lucas, 3. Cardiff, UK, 2014″

They are all proud mothers who have generally experienced domestic hardships but nonetheless decided to go through with their pregnancies, even though nearly always advised not to, and who now consider their children their saving grace.

mum_sophiee 002“Ethan. Cardiff, UK, 2014″

mum_sophie 003“Bedroom. Cardiff, UK, 2014″

mum_marissa 001“Marissa, 20, Tori, 4. Ebbw Valley, UK, 2014″

mum_lucy 012“Bedroom. Newport, UK, 2014″

mum_morghan 004“Morghan, 19, Harley, 6 months. Newport, UK, 2014″

mum_morghan 007“Bedroom. Newport, UK, 2014″

mum_zoe 001“Zoe, 18, Kian, 1 month. Cardiff, UK, 2014″

To view more of Marta’s work please her website.