Sham of the Perfect is an international collective of photographers who are passionate about both family documentary photography and being mothers.  Our intent is to tear down the sham of perfection shown in more idyllic work and present life, motherhood, families, childhood, and home as it actually is; full of flaws and full of beauty simultaneously.

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"A Spring Issue Standing in line at the grocery checkout my eye slides over your glossy cover and I imagine kicking back in a quiet room at home, sunlit air from the window fluttering your bright pages. I would quietly feed on your inspiring concepts for dining al fresco, plus one hundred great ways to bring back the romance (and still get dinner on the table).
Actually dinner is burning in the oven while I fitfully pore over page after page of simulated perfection, my brain racked by the effort of mentally tallying these things I surely need: a battery of skin-care potions to charm my face into a pristine, even poreless surface and a new wardrobe that flatters my assets while suiting my age (as well as resisting stains) and that Viking range with granite countertops where I’ll roast local lamb or raptly dice Vidalias at the end of each day dedicated to meditative yoga, to targeting and toning and releasing stress and toxins- not to mention toxic emotions, rising to a high boil with my ravenous heart, now bleating for a taste of the flawless (which I think I’ve just beheld her within your pages).
Little can I do but dish up our Lenten meal (peas and potatoes) and then I will sacrifice you,
sham of the perfect, to the trash, sprinkling you
with the crumbs of tonight’s charred fish sticks." - Sarah Dunning Park