Phoenix Transect Project

PROJECT: Young Mothers


I remember the summers of early childhood with my mother. The sounds of the Cure and Prince still bring back memories of seeing her get ready for an evening out. I watched her put on makeup, color her hair, and paint her nails with the eyes of a loving and curious daughter who came too soon. As weeks together passed, I feared the seasonís end, knowing that once again Iíd be left watching from the living room window as she drove back to a life that I was not a part of.

I was raised by my grandparents but born the daughter of a woman only sixteen years my elder. At eighteen, she moved to the city to continue her education and explore young adulthood while I spent my childhood trying to understand myself in relation to a family that did not look like the ones I saw in books and movies. Now I seek to learn about families similar to my own and to create the representation of young motherhood that I searched for growing up.

The following photographs, interviews, and collected snapshots are from the families of women who had children before reaching adulthood. Though united by this single, defining event, each family has faced situations unique to their own history. For some, teen pregnancy was confusing and alienating, for others it was an opportunity for new beginnings. Whether married or single, holding a GED or a Bachelors degree, working as a business owner or a homemaker, each mother has found different ways to create a life for herself and her family despite the difficulties brought to them by their initial circumstances. Through conversations and photography, they have given me a glimpse of their lives, sharing with me the joys and struggles that followed a decision made early on in the motherís life.

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Natalia (Video)
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Date: 2015
Keywords: Archival Material, Audio, Interview, People, Private Space, Video, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Erica (video)
Description:
Date: 2015
Keywords: Archival Material, Audio, Interview, People, Private Space, Video, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Pamela (Video)
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Date: 2015
Keywords: Archival Material, Audio, Interview, People, Private Space, Video, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Denise (video)
Description:
Date: 2015
Location: Mesa
Keywords: Archival Material, Audio, Interview, People, Private Space, Video, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Amy (Video)
Description:
Date: 2015
Keywords: Archival Material, Audio, Interview, People, Private Space, Video, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Annabell (Video)
Description:
Date: 2015
Keywords: Archival Material, Audio, Interview, People, Private Space, Video, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Jammi (video)
Description:
Date: 2015
Location: Mesa
Keywords: Archival Material, Audio, Interview, People, Private Space, Video, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Joni (Video)
Description:
Date: 2015
Location: Chandler
Keywords: Archival Material, Audio, Interview, People, Private Space, Video, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Yvonne (video)
Description:
Date: 2015
Keywords: Archival Material, Audio, Interview, People, Private Space, Video, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Rebecca (video)
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Date: 2015
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Archival Material, Audio, Interview, People, Private Space, Video, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Mandy (video)
Description:
Date: 2015
Keywords: Archival Material, Audio, Border, Interview, People, Private Space, Video, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Elaine (Video)
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Date: 2015
Location: Tempe
Keywords: Archival Material, Audio, Interview, People, Private Space, Video, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Pamela and Dylan
Description: Ages 20 and 1 week, respectively
Date: 2013
Keywords: People, Portrait, Private Space, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Jammi, Cayden, and Khloe
Description: Ages 24, 7, and 2, respectively
Date: 2015
Location: Mesa
Keywords: People, Portrait, Private Space, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Natalia and Grace
Description: Ages 20 and 3, respectively
Date: 2013
Keywords: People, Portrait, Private Space, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Erica and Nick
Description: Ages 34 and 17, respectively
Date: 2014
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: People, Portrait, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Joni and Sirrena
Description: Ages 44 and 24, respectively
Date: 2015
Location: Chandler
Keywords: People, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Rebecca, Josh, and grandsons Dante and Dominic
Description: Ages 44, 27, 5, and 1, respectively
Date: 2015
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: People, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Denise and Sophia
Description: Ages 30 and 14, respectively
Date: 2014
Location: Mesa
Keywords: People, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Yvonne and Nathaniel
Description: Ages 24 and 4, respectively
Date: 2015
Keywords: People, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Christeen and Mina
Description: Ages 40 and 21, respectively
Date: 2015
Location: Tempe
Keywords: People, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Sarah and Cady
Description: Ages 22 and 5, respectively
Date: 2014
Location: Chandler
Keywords: People, Portrait, Private Space, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Monica, Josiah, Alexia and Ashton
Description: Ages 32, 14, 8, and 2, respectively
Date: 2014
Location: Tempe
Keywords: People, Portrait, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Mandy and Izahya
Description: Ages 22 and 4, respectively
Date: 2014
Keywords: People, Portrait, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Erica, Nick, Ali, and Noah
Description: Ages 35, 18, 9 and 2, respectively
Date: 2015
Keywords: People, Portrait, Private Space, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Amy, Kameli, and Zachary
Description: Ages 33, 14, and 8, respectively
Date: unknown
Keywords: People, Portrait, Private Space, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Amanda and Noah
Description: Ages 22 and 4, respectively
Date: 2014
Location: Chandler
Keywords: People, Portrait, Private Space, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Elaine and Amanda (Self-Portrait with my Mother)
Description: Ages 38 and 21, respectively
Date: 2014
Keywords: People, Portrait, Private Space, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Jammi, Cayden, and Khloe
Description: Ages 25, 8, and 3, respectively
Date: 2013
Location: Mesa
Keywords: People, Portrait, Public Space, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Pamela and Dylan
Description: Ages 21 and 1, respectively
Date: 2015
Keywords: People, Portrait, Private Space, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Annabell and Tommy
Description: Ages 44 and 26, respectively
Date: 2015
Keywords: People, Portrait, Private Space, All Images

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Contributor: Amanda Mollindo
Title: Natalia and Grace
Description: Ages 21 and 4, respectively
Date: 2014
Keywords: People, Portrait, Private Space, All Images

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