Richard Ansett

Out of Place, Stephanie standing in the mud © Richard Ansett 2008

There is an inevitable existential loneliness associated with adoption, a detachment from one’s very genetic foundations can have a profound effect on our sense of place in the world. With the acceptance of this, comes a realisation that the other side of the coin of the great gift of love and rescue by our adopted parents, is the trauma of loss and abandonment.

Stephanie (below) is adopted, I felt she had a great need to make sense of her world. When I shared that I was adopted too, I seemed to her like a successful survivor of the transition from one universe to another. I brought her outside and placed her in the mud. She did not feel she belonged here and it was not where she wanted to be.

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