p.137 Léonie Hampton and Katie Bywater

Being There

Step 1: Tweeted summary of task.

 Step 2: Visual portrait of Artist.

Léonie Hampton believes the language of photographs is often indirect, secretive and clothed. In her own photography she can recognise that things are not clear, not in focus. She is often hiding things. This visual portrait portrays her mysterious personality, as well as expressing her poetic nature.

Step 3: Image in the style of the Artist.

Léonie Hampton focuses on light and shadows as a way of moving away from the mundanity of domestic settings towards a more expressive way of photographing. Here I have tried to emulate her style and concept by photographing my partner, while experimenting with light and depth of field to poetically express a narrative around the portrait.

Step 4: Completed task.

Step 5:
Critical Rationale.

When asked to photograph a subject that was close to me, I immediately felt uncomfortable. My family is unconventional, loud, and loving so having the challenge to capture that was daunting to me. Hampton states herself that she is “fascinated by the structure of the family and loves to look for those intimate moments of tenderness and private scenes of confrontation that take place behind closed doors” (Hampton, 2011). From research into her own photography projects surrounding family such as In The Shadow Of Things (2011) I wanted to photograph a subject that was personal to my family.

Luckily when receiving this task I knew I was going on a caravan holiday to Tewkesbury over the Easter break, this was a great opportunity to photograph my family. The intimate proximity of living with your family can sometimes put pressure on the relationships, which can lead to huge arguments but inadvertently bring everyone closer together. There are different relationships between each other in a caravan, the privacy is lost, everyone is vulnerable and honest in this space that creates a beautiful experience.

Introducing my family archive of caravan holidays that go back generations made us nostalgic of family members who are no longer here, yet the holidays we continue to go on relive those memories. For being accountable to my subject, I put my images into the form of a photobook as I feel it is appropriate to safely hold these images in. The book documents my family’s relationship with caravan holidays as well as exploring the relationships we share with each other. I took inspiration from Rikard Laving’s Caravan (2007) photobook that reflects his personal experiences from the Flatenbadet camping ground.


Hampton, L. (2011) Interview with Léonie Hampton: In the Shadow of Things [online] available from <http://www.leoniehampton.com/home/hidden/060915/in-the-shadow-of-things-rvm-by-irene-alison/> [6 April 2017]

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