Margaret Mitchell
14 April 2015

Glasgow, Scotland

My interest lies in people and their stories with an emphasis on environmental portraiture. Themes of the child, youth, family and identity are often revisited in the people and places photographed. I often photograph children and young people, people on the brink of something, in the midst of establishing a sense of self; sometimes in transformation from one state to another – child, youth, adult. Work has been exhibited widely, including at the European Parliament and at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014.

The portraits shown here look at aspects of childhood: from developing an awareness of choice, such as having an active voice, through to most-likely innate behaviours that reflect on wider narratives in society such as gender, play, and conflict. One image reminds us of the fantasy and escapism of childhood whilst another suggests and touches on how children may attempt to shape themselves, often reluctantly, to belong to the group.

This set of photographs all feature children from Glasgow.

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