Another November, Photography by Laura Stevens
Laura Stevens’ narrative portraits are powerful documents of the emotional chronicles of women. Often set in domestic landscapes they are highly dramatic, beautifully lit and composed. Full of heartbreak, loneliness, isolation and alienation – the imagery is intensely personal yet so full of humanity that we all can relate. The domestic landscape serves as a backdrop, to illustrate themes of intimacy, relationships and loss. Her images have a gorgeous painterly feel, reminiscent of Edward Hopper, capturing the desolation and doldrums of female human existence.
“Following the ending of a significant relationship in my life, an undoing began. Whilst adjusting to being a single woman, I started to create a photographic narrative based on the experience of losing love; directing other women to portray the gradual emotional and circumstantial stages, along the well-trodden track of the broken-hearted. By constructing images of the evolving chapters, I was allowed a vantage point from which to view the changes occurring in me, from feelings of pain, confusion and loneliness towards the reconstruction of my identity as an individual.
The series of staged performances by different women, of whom are friends or those I had been drawn to from the street, are enacted to show an intimate moment of adjustment. They are seen isolated, surrounded by textures, colour and empty spaces in a room of their home in Paris. “Another November” is situated in a deliberately nostalgic present where memories are constructed and irrevocably discolor, looking back to a past not yet acquainted with loss. Yet, it is a reminder that time, the arranger of all things, moves only in one direction.”
- Laura Stevens -