Inspired by a motherhood epiphany and the work of Cindy Sherman, photographer Susan Copich has spent the past four years creating a darkly comedic photo series called Domestic Bliss. In it, she turns the camera on herself and her family, portray a handful of family life scenes that she has meticulously crafted.
Things were going pretty swell for Copich, as she was living with her husband and two daughters in Manhattan and was leading a successful career as a performer. That was until her agent‘s calls stopped and she was immersed into her family life full speed. That was when she realized that her daughters had grown up and she had been absent from almost all of the family’s photos – because she had been the one taking them.
“If you’ve met me, I have a very seemingly sunny disposition, but I have a whole interior world where at different times I’ve felt depression and angst,” she told Slate. “For many years, I put it in a little ball, and I decided to just explore it this time. It’s been so fun to bring those feelings out and give them light.”
Mother’s Darkly Humorous Family Portraits: