I love Chanel Baran's photography because she captures the sacred and reminds us that our bodies are purposeful and divine.
Menstruation is a powerful moment and I missed bleeding for two years while I was pregnant then nursing a newborn. When I finally got my period again, I felt more powerful. This is one of my favorite images from her series on menses.
"The word ‘ritual’ comes from ‘rtu,’ sanskrit for menses. The earliest rituals were connected to the woman’s monthly bleeding. The blood from the womb that nourished the unborn child was believed to have mana, magical power. Women’s periodic bleeding was a cosmic event, like the cycles of the moon and the waxing and waning of the tides. We have forgotten that women were the conduit to the sacred mystery of life and death."
— Elinor Gadon