Influenced by a surge of heightened senses in pregnancy and early motherhood, Amelia created The First Thing You Did Was Breathe. The photographs are taken from the perspective of seeing the world anew and aim to recreate the experience of these amplified senses, which were felt most in natural settings.
During this transition into parenthood, a shifted sense of time developed, generating a daze that was permeated by resurfacing detail. As a result, the work flows between abstracted observations and moments of clarity. While navigating through this juxtaposing juncture, Amelia steers between feeling estranged from her outdoor surroundings and yet conversant with them.