Project info

In 1994, Margaret Mitchell photographed her sister Andrea and her three children with their family life explored in this set of images. The mother existed as a stable background object to her children's daily stories. She fed, clothed, washed; gave the support to allow the children to interact and exist within their own world.

The Raploch in Central Scotland, where they lived at the time, scores high in the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) and the area's reputation often – and unfairly – taints discussions before they even began. For myself, photographing my sister and her children, it became a project about children and childhood. In many ways, the area was irrelevant.

The children's world was at times both tender and tough, loving yet bewildering. The three children had a distinct inner and interconnected world, existing within a cocoon of support for and from one another.

A project started in 2016 'In This Place' revisits the family, updating the children's lives and telling their current stories from both themselves and their own children.