Photographer and film maker, Carolyn Mendelsohn will be discussing the evolution of her 6 year project and new book ‘Being Inbetween’ from idea through to completion, including the ups and downs, the stories behind the images and the experience of running a Kickstarter campaign, publishing and exhibiting.
‘Being Inbetween’ is a heartwarming and stunning visual documentary of girls aged between ten and twelve, exploring the complex transition between girlhood and young adulthood. The girls are both creative participants and collaborators. Invited to select their own clothing and stance for their three-quarter length portrait, each girl’s features and gestures are recorded looking directly into the camera, while standing against the same grey hand-painted backdrop. This careful and measured photographic approach bestows the girls with authority, granting them a certain power held within their gaze.
Carolyn’s work has been exhibited internationally and published by The Guardian, The Sunday Times, La Monde, BJP and RPS Journal amongst others. Carolyn’s awards include BJP Portrait of Britain 2017 and 2019, The Royal Photographic Society International Print exhibitions RPS IPE 159 gold and she was a finalist for RPS IPE 160.
In 2018 Carolyn was shortlisted for the International Women Photographers Award and nominated for the RPS 100 Heroines. In 2020 she was named winner of the Portrait Series category for the 15th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards and was a winner of an OpenWalls Single Image Award from British Journal of Photography and Galerie Huit, Arles.
Carolyn says of her work:
“I am interested in creating photography and film that looks at personal stories, responding to locations and histories. I am committed to diversity and inclusion and it is core to all my work. Much of my work has explored narratives around the experience of migration, diaspora and my own lived experience. I am particularly drawn to exploring the hidden stories and give voice to those that are silenced or marginalized.
I always look to find ways to reflect and communicate the diverse world we live in, through contemporary art practice in a way that is authentic and meaningful. In the process of creating work, whether film or photography, my work is often crafted through a process of social research and collection of material. It follows a visual narrative and is rooted in the lives and story of people and place. My passion is to be able to connect and communicate with people of all ages and backgrounds, to create work that is strong, powerful and based on their lives and stories.”
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