In This Place looks at family and home, connections and place, touching on issues of social and personal inertia. A story essentially about choice – do we have choices in life or are some predetermined to an extent and made for us?
Over 20 years after she first photographed them, Margaret Mitchell resumes the story of her sister’s three children, updating where their lives have taken them in adulthood. The resulting work traces the narrative of their present-day lives and that of their own children. In the intervening years, their mother has died, and all the children from the earlier project have moved from one estate poised to undergo urban regeneration to another, where they live in pockets yet to be touched by redevelopment.
Life feels somewhat static in the housing estates of central Scotland; as the world changes, the lives portrayed here remain relatively still and immobile. Within this social landscape, movement has occurred—but only from one area that scores high in government statistics on deprivation to another. A simple bus ride across town.
A personal yet universally relatable story of family, loss, love & survival set within a wider socio-economic context. Against a backdrop of their mother’s death and limited opportunities, there is a glue that binds them together. The family renews; it endures.
Margaret Mitchell is a photographer based in Glasgow. Her overarching interest lies in people and their stories, with childhood, youth, place and belonging often explored in the people and places photographed. The inner and lived worlds of others are central to her work which seeks to portray the individual and their experience(s).
Margaret’s work has been exhibited widely, including at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, Street Level Photoworks and at the European Parliament. In 2017, she was a finalist in the LensCulture Portrait Awards and 2nd place winner in the Kuala Lumpur International Portrait Photoawards.
[Photo Credit: Leah in the Back Court, 2016, Margaret Mitchell]