‘In This Place’ looks at family and home, connections and place, touching on issues of social and personal inertia. It asks questions about how society operates, about environment, opportunity and inequality.
Over 20 years after the first project, Family (1994), this work revisits my sister’s three children—Steven, Kellie and Chick—and updates the story of where their lives have taken them in adulthood.
The photographs trace the story of their present-day lives and that of their own children. In the intervening years, their mother has died, and all the children from the earlier project have moved from one estate in Stirling poised to undergo urban regeneration to another, where they live in pockets yet to be touched by redevelopment.
‘In This Place’ raises questions about choice—do we have choices in life, or are some predetermined and made for us?
Where a ‘place’ can be both mental and physical; a place we put ourselves and where we are put, sometimes by others and sometimes by circumstance. What puts us there, what keeps us there and do we want to be there?
Life feels somewhat static in the housing estates of central Scotland; as the world changes, the lives portrayed here remain relatively still and immobile. Within this social landscape, movement has occurred—but only from one area that scores high in government statistics on deprivation to another. A simple bus ride across town.
Against a backdrop of parental loss and limited opportunities, there is a glue that binds the original three children together now as adults—living in similar flats, in the same area—intertwined and interdependent as they were as children in 1994. Family and love, loss and survival. The family renews; it endures.
'In This Place' traces the lives of my late sister’s family and offers a broader commentary on environment, opportunity and social inequality.
It updates the work ‘Family’ (1994). This is a selection of images.