November 21, 2016 5:30 AM EST

We asked Israeli-American photographer Elinor Carucci, whose book, Mother, chronicled her pregnancy and her relationship with her twins, to delve into the power of photography.

A faculty member of the graduate program at the School of Visual Arts with work held in permanent collections of museums across the world, Carucci says she’s looking for universality in her own work. “I am looking to go deeper,” she tells TIME. “Beyond the façade of what we see into I guess the core of who we are.”

Watch this TIME video to hear Carucci’s take.

Elinor Carucci is an Israeli-American photographer known for her intimate images of motherhood.

First Take is an ongoing video series curated by TIME’s photography editors. See the previous videos here.

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