Marriage is a series of portraits of women in their wedding dresses in their homes. Women are to some extent defined by marriage, as wives, homemakers and mothers. The portraits are taken in their homes to contrast the ‘fairytale’ of a wedding day, epitomised by the dress, with the domestic reality of marriage. The wedding dress is the single most significant item of clothing a woman will ever wear – it’s more than a dress, it says so much about the wearer, and evokes ‘forever’, ‘love’ and your hopes for the rest of your life. Dreams, expense, effort, time are invested in a wedding day. Yet all this is for one day, and bears little relation to the day to day reality of marriage.
What does marriage mean for women? There are so many answers. The series as a whole de-romanticises the dress, raises questions about the wedding day as fairytale and imparts a common experience married women can relate to. At the same time each photograph in Marriage tells a story unique to the subject and provides a window into their domestic world.
Images from Marriage were included in the following group exhibitions:
London Independent Photography exhibition at the Strand Gallery in London in 2011
London Independent Photography exhibition at the Strand Gallery in London in 2012
Portrait Salon at The Roxy Bar in London in 2011 and Portrait Salon at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool in 2012.
Featured in the Spring 2012 issue of fLIP