Grant Winner This project was awarded a special cash grant by juror Olivier Laurent. Each of the five jury members selected one photographer from the Top 50 Emerging Talents to be awarded special distinction with a cash grant.
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. I began directing other women to portray the gradual emotional and circumstantial stages (as well as the well-trodden track of the broken-hearted).
By constructing images of the evolving chapters of loss and renewal, I gave myself a vantage point from which to view the changes occurring in me. Beginning with the feelings of pain, confusion and loneliness, I eventually moved towards the reconstruction of my identity as an individual.
The series features staged performances by different women, some of whom are friends and others who I discovered spontaneously in the streets. I had my subjects enact an intimate moment of adjustment. They are pictured in isolation, surrounded by textures, colors and the empty spaces of their rooms in their homes across Paris.
"Another November" is situated in a deliberately nostalgic present where memories are constructed and irrevocably discolored. In this series, the characters look back to a past that is not yet acquainted with loss. Yet as we look, we are reminded how time, the arranger of all things, moves only in one direction—through the sometimes painful present and into the uncertain future.
From Juror Olivier Laurent:
“Laura Stevens' carefully constructed images go beyond the simple portrayal of the subjects' emotional states; they also give us a window into the photographer's psyche — her motivations and her uncertainties. Her images are aesthetically haunting."
— Olivier Laurent, TIME Lightbox
Exhibition of all 50 LensCulture Emerging Talents: Barcelona, October 13 - November 8
Laura Stevens' work, along with photographs from all the LensCulture Emerging Talents is shown in an exhibition at the Galeria Valid Foto in Barcelona. More than 500 photography lovers joined us for the opening party on October 13, 2014—don't miss this amazing show! See a preview of ALL the winners here in LensCulture.
LensCulture Emerging Talents have already been featured at photo festival screenings in Arles, Dublin, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Seoul, Amsterdam and Rome so far this year. More to come! Discover more new, inspiring photography every day from cultures around the world at www.lensculture.com. Cheers!