After writing some of the text to go beside my old work I couldn’t stop thinking of an exhibition that I had seen at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery many years ago. Women in white: photographs by Clementina Lady Hawarden was all about contained interior lives.
Some detractors claim she was simply a bored, rich housewife with a big house, available models and a cool knack with wet processing. Then again, with 10 children and a death before the age of 43, she was rather prolific. And had quite a bit to say about women’s lives. Go on, give her a Google and check out that containment.