This series of portraits of young couples living together in Paris and London are a departure from the traditional image of the happy, loving couple within vernacular photography and instead address the hidden, melancholy moments of coexistence.
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Entering the homes of real couples, I asked them to be part of a story, to narrate a moment within two lovers’ lives when the communication falters and the unity separates. I photographed the sadness, the tension, the boredom which can trouble a life of cohabitation, at some point.They play actors within their own lives, in reconstructed scenes of heightened alienation. I grew up with the illusion that being in love was the ultimate answer. By embellishing the intimate lives of others I hoped to make sense of my own relationship and the stories I had created about love.
Laura Stevens is an English photographer based in Paris. She holds a BA in Art and Design and an MA in Photography from the University of Brighton. Using photography as a means to consider personal feelings and circumstances, her narrative portraits speak about intimacy, relationships and loneliness. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Singapore International Photography Festival,The Latvian Museum of Photography,The Centre for Fine Art Photography, Arles Photography Open Salon and the FOTO8 Summershow. Stevens was selected as one of the 2012 Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Emerging Photographers, received a gold medal in the Px3 Prix de la Photographie Paris and an honourable mention in the Lens Culture Exposure Awards. Alongside her dedication to longterm personal projects, she is a regular contributor for the press, for publications such as The Times Magazine,The Saturday Telegraph and Metropolitan Magazine, as well as photographing on longterm international projects for NGOs.