Gold / 2012 / Fine Art / People_FA
This series of photographs depicting couples at home, examines moments of tension and bordeom between males and females who cohabit.
These photographs are a departure from the traditional image of the happy, loving couple within vernacular photography and instead address the hidden, melancholy moments of coexistence. I wanted to explore the disparity between each partner striving for personal freedom and identity, alongside the need to act as part of a whole in creating a shared and unified reality. I photographed real couples within their own homes performing in a collaborative attempt to render visible the twofold existence of a partner, whilst considering the habituated roles and power relations between the genders.
Ordinary domestic moments are dramatized by the use of theatrical lighting and carefully directed poses to instill a mood of expectant anxiety. Elements of the environment and the objects within it are included or excluded to suggest their role in affecting intimacy and the emotions, behaviour and personality of each character within the space.
Laura Stevens is an English photographer based in Paris. She holds a BA in Art and Design and an MA in Photography
from the University of Brighton. Using photography as a means to consider personal feelings and circumstances, her
narrative portraits speak about intimacy, relationships and loneliness. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the
Singapore International Photography Festival, The Latvian Museum of Photography, The Centre for Fine Art Photography,
Arles Photography Open Salon and the FOTO8 Summershow. Stevens has been selected for the Taylor Wessing Portrait
Prize 2013, the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Emerging Photographers 2012, received a gold medal in the Px3
Prix de la Photographie Paris and an honourable mention in the Lens Culture Exposure Awards. Alongside her dedication
to longterm personal projects, she is a regular contributor for the press, for publications such as The Times Magazine, Le Monde and The Washington Post, as well as photographing on longterm international projects for NGOs.