Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Media Studies


Renee Stevens


creative process, mothers, photography, story


This study examines the intersection between the theories of Campbell's 'The Hero'sJourney,' Brown's 'Rising Strong,' and Catmull's 'Creativity, Inc..' and the experiences of various photographers who have undertaken projects on motherhood. Using a mixed-methods approach, the study analyzes books, interviews, blog entries, documentaries, articles and artist statements to identify patterns and themes. The study finds a consistent pattern of challenge, risk, vulnerability, and struggle, resulting in growth and connection. It concludes the creative process has parallels to patterns of resilience and the narrative arc and can facilitate connection with self and others. By recognizing this pattern in a variety of spheres we can be more aware, intentional, and hopeful about our personal outcomes.


Open Access



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