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Jardin fleuri is a series representing the different ages of a woman. The first picture is called Virgin Soil, the second is called Mûres which means both “blackberries” and “mature” represent puberty and first periods, the third picture is called Broken Eggs. Broken eggs represent the loss of virginity in arts... etc.

The series started from the photo "Blooming Garden" (this one) representing a mother. This series is all about harmony with our bodies and our majestic nature. The natural miracle of life, age and time. I feel blessed to be a woman and truly wanted to represent how I personally felt when a seed grew in my body. Generally, it's an homage to all women and nature incredibleness.

This is not a generalization of womanhood saying that we are created to follow a specific line and end up making babies. No. We must not always go through all the stages ; obviously. Fortunately, most of us have the incredible power of hosting a life in our womb and even though women may choose to not have children, I don't think we should deny it by not talking about it. Whatever are their choices of life and personal stories, all women are wonderful!


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Given 2014-06-04
Maternity by AlexandraSophie is just one image that makes up a beautiful and unique series of artwork showcasing the different ages of a woman. ( Featured by Kaz-D )
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Raleighcsa Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
I love those birthing marks... ummm !
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NvLyeah Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful, that was the only thing I could think, I love the message and the concept. Personally, I never thought stretch marks were ugly or something, they represent a battle, a victory, at least that's what I think... "your body is not ruined, you're a damn tiger that earned its stripes" anyway, again, Beautiful
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Ran-Ichihara Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
this is just so tender and perfect
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Otterwillow Featured By Owner Edited Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really beautiful, as a feminist I hate the way so many immature people in the comments are calling this 'porn' it is a celebration of the female body, 
and if you all hate porn so much how come you don't report all the degrading stuff we get on the front page all the time?No, I disagree! ,

this shows an aspect of motherhood that society wants to air brush out, it is an aspect we need to see, 

weather someone is a  mother or not, man or woman their body is beautiful and must be respected:) (Smile) , 

so thank you for this beautiful piece of artworkHug 
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5thchild Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm loving this so, so, so much, it made me smile so wide, thank you<3333
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loginng Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
bellisimo y delicado concepto. lo que algunos ven a primera vista como algo no muy bonito, no es otra cosa que la firma de las etapas cumplidas en la mujer.
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Empty-Infinity Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Mommy scars are beautiful. :)
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Andaelentari Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Reading the comments on this makes me really really want to petition to have the minimum age raised to join dA.   So many immature and ignorant comments ><.
I think it was a good concept and very well done.  The so called 'imperfections', aka stretch marks, just add to the beauty and the realness of the photo..  In short, well done and congrats on the DD :clap:
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Schwannie Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
There already is. Only 13+ can join.

FAQ #696: How does deviantART comply with COPPA?
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Andaelentari Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yes, but I meant better ways to make sure people younger than 13 don't join.  And raising the age to maybe 16.
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TheAwesomeDon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Not all are immature though.
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:iconandaelentari:
Andaelentari Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
that's true, it just seems like a large percentage of them are the emotionally immature :(
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:iconkazumirose:
Kazumirose Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student Writer
I know, right? They just don't get the beauty of this picture. I'm glad she didn't photoshop them out. This is REAL beauty, not fake.
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Andaelentari Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yesss :highfive:
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:iconjakezdaniel:
JakezDaniel Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014   Photographer
Of she wouldn't have photoshoped them out, the image would have lost its meaning :)
It's a visual poem and those marks are rhymes in the story.
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solelli Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
these comments are terrible. it's doing the exact opposite of objectifying women, even more so compared to the normal artistic nudes that usually make it onto the front page every day

i honestly can't see why people are complaining about this. we all popped out of these at one point, people need to get used to the fact that not everybody likes hiding theirs and actually likes embracing it and the life it can bring

i would only suggest putting a mature tag on it so that there's less pre-teens complaining about something containing vaginas (barely even) that they can't jack off to
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:iconcdarden:
cdarden Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
This is a beautiful piece of work. Motherhood's scars. I have them. I have been a mother for 26 years. Your work is very beautiful. Thank you.
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uncookedTpain Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
I wonder how she's going to get that out.
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:iconfantasygold:
FantasyGold Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Out? There's nothing in her vagina.
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:iconrecoveries:
Recoveries Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful! :)
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hornydevil666 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
This has go to be one of the most creative things I have seen on DA in a while.

Brilliant.
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Lost-N-Beauty Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
reading some of the comments makes me wish that Da would come up with a way to block certain age groups from commenting on deviations.... 15 and under. Hope teens older than that are more mature, since they are driving and voting at age 18. Normally I am against filters. But seeing words like poop head... isn't exactly inspiring or helpful lol
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AlexandraSophie Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much, Lost-N-Beauty. It's funny because I myself created this series when I was 19! Guess each person has a different path ^^
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Lost-N-Beauty Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
that is true, I was just disgusted by a few of the comments... and my God daughter is 12 and wouldn't make comments like some of the ones I read.. But for the most part people left meaningful comments. They don't have to like it lol, just offer something more then EWWW lol.
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Kantata98 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with your point, but the problem with that is that you can lie about your age :)
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Lost-N-Beauty Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
yes they can lie, but then they can't come back and accuse me of being mean to a 12 year old because I disagreed with them... I mean who wants to be mean to a 12 year old??? not me lol
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Maple-Girl Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like this photo. The stretch marks tell a real story. 

Not all women have to give birth, but as a woman who has given birth, it is nice to see it celebrated. Especially in such a beautiful way.
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SnowInHades Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this series representing the female body. It's so well thought out and beautifully made. Well done and congratulations on the DD :clap: :heart:
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Leiaw10 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
This is beautiful
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KittyKillsAll Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the natural feel in not just the nature in the photo but the woman herself. Her stretch marks are displayed and not edited out, this isn't attempting to please anyone's gaze of attraction. It's representing a nude body, a natural body, relaxing in its own skin, unafraid. And that is the blooming that I see represented here as well. I love that. I also love the idea behind it but what I said above is the message I took before looking at the description, which is a great tie in to a wonderful and very deserving piece of work.
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RuddsArt Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice Idea! I wonder what has caused those stretch marks? Probably pregnancy I wager!
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Spooky-spooks Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Am I the only one who thinks her stretch marks look cool? Normally if they were on myself I would feel so bad about it, but seeing it on other people makes me realize that its not such a big deal... it can even look cool, since it tells you that the person went through something that gave her those marks. Either way congrats on the DD!!
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Dannyman12 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD~

As for the people who think this is porn, shame on you. Do you see actual genitalia? Do you see ejaculation?

When you click 'Report Deviation' you get a list of things that asks you if you saw it. Take a look at it and realize you're wrong.
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DaenyTargaryen Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
This is beautiful.
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werewolfologist Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 I've seen your photos around for a while but never got the chance to comment on them until now, I am a HUGE fan of your series (really all of your photos) I love how they all have a deeper meaning and the creativity that shows in each picture. This is a wonderful way to represent the stages of womanhood and I love it <3. Congrats on the DD!
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MissSilverSonicBases Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why does no one understand this is just free porn?
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RionaWolfheart Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This isn't porn, this is artistic "nudity" (even though you don't even see anything). No, the free porn is the slutty teenagers on the front page showing their bodies off as objects and calling it "art." Or the tons of borderline bestiality fanart of MLP. 
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Asterlia Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student General Artist
This isn't porn. Porn is for the purpose of sexual entertainment and often shows people in sexual poses or doing some sexual act. Women who post images of themselves on dA nearly naked that hold no artistic qualities and are vain attempts to seem 'sexy' while being as provocative as possible might be considered porn.
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MissSilverSonicBases Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry guys, I probably said that wrong. I was meaning more that she should be careful about posting nudity onto the internet (even if it's covered up by a small bush), as there be pervs.

And to me it just seems like the people calling it 'beautiful' are just perverts.
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FantasyGold Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There are people who get turned on by knees as well, should we censor knees too? Just because someone may see this picture as sexual doesn't mean it is a sexual picture. It wasn't taken to be sexual. Even without the leaves and such her actual labia would probably not be seen anyway. So there's nothing sexual about this picture to begin with.

Also, there's a bottom half of a woman but, as you said, the "exposed" part isn't exposed, it's covered with a small bush made out of flowers and grass. That's like saying a girl with a bra on also is "free porn", because hey, she only has a bra on? Or guys with short pants.
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The-OneChanbara Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's beautiful because it is showing what is meant to mean the miracle of life. it is not sexual at all. there are no genitalia showing and is not posed in a sexual or provocative manner. Childbirth is the theme and not sex or perversion. 
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solelli Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
be more careful about what exactly..? it's not up to you to decide what somebody else does with pictures of herself. she's an adult, not a 10 year old who doesn't understand how the internet works.

maybe the people calling it beautiful actually mean it? i don't use the word beautiful to describe things, but i certainly like the picture and the meaning behind it. plus it genuinely looks pretty to me. you should stop assuming that everybody is a 'pervert' and take things for face value.
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AlexandraSophie Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much for all your kind comments Solelli! Actually, the girls (and ladies) on the pictures are models, who obviously gave their consent for me to photograph them and to publish the pictures. Anyway, there is perverts of all kind on the internet, thankfully I don't stop because of that or I guess I should completely stop photography! Simply when I post photos of girls fully dressed but barefoot...
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FullMetalDraughtsman Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The only way you could see this as that is that your mind has been infected with those atrocities. Try cleaning the filth on your eyes before critiquing the female anatomy as "porn", thank you.
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Bleach-Ichigo15 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, i get what you mean. Like why flowers is a substitution for pubic hair and is not seen as an inappropriate image?! at least put on a filter or something...
(also to the artist - im not dissing your work its just my opinion about what i think about this display...)
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solelli Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
i don't think that they're meant to be a substitute to pubic hair.

flowers are symbols of nature and growing in a sense, and what is child birth? growing, creating life and nature, it's not sexual.

i don't understand why people see something to do with genitalia and instantly jump to 'porn' without... *gasp*.. using your brain to figure out what it means for yourself, or just reading the description. it's a really simple concept people.
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AlexandraSophie Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Photographer
:heart:
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DaenyTargaryen Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
This is the female body. Not porn. Do you see penetration, or ejaculation? I don't.
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AlexandraSophie Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Photographer
Porn? Explain me where you can see porn?
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fluffytalon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
the female anatomy is not porn
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