Instead, they look like this.

 

 

Her images are the antithesis of the saccharine family photo. Instead she gives us family life in all its tender, humdrum ridiculousness. In many of her group portraits her subjects may share the same frame, but they all occupy their own personal mental space.

 

 

 

Her freshness makes us query how we edit ourselves, and how we continually narrate our family lives. Her images are a riposte for Facebook and the modern show-off age, where we are all curators of our own brand. She makes pictures that look like no one is looking.

 

 

 

Nowhere is she better than when photographing children. These children refuse to slot into a prescribed narrative. They may pose or assume identities, but they fiercely possess a unique relationship with their environment.

 

  

Her images hold our attention because they can blend ordinary and beautiful, humorous and deadpan, synthetic and honest.

 

 

 

Finally, we think this last picture is the epitome of cool. This picture makes us want to take up smoking.  Can we ever look this great wearing a nightie, with a fascinator perched on our head?

 

 

 

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