In This Place
'In This Place' looks at family and home, connections and place, touching on issues of social and personal inertia within our environment. A story of people and place, of people’s lives: what they do and what they want. Raising questions about choice – do we have choices in life or are some predetermined to an extent and made for us? Where the ‘place’ is both mental and physical, where we put ourselves and where we are put, sometimes by others and sometimes by circumstance. What puts us there, what keeps us there, and do we want to be there?
Over 20 years after the first project 'Family' in 1994, Margaret Mitchell returned to photograph her sister's three children - Steven, Kellie and Chick - to update the story of where their lives have taken them. 'In This Place' traces the narrative of their present day adult 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 of the people in these photographs remain relatively still and immobile. Within this social landscape movement has occurred but from one area scoring high in government statistics on deprivation to another. A simple bus ride across town.
This is a personal yet universally relatable story of family, loss, love & survival set within a wider socio-economic context. Against a backdrop of parental loss and limited opportunities there is a glue that binds the original three children together now as adults - living in similar flats, in the same area – intertwined and interdependent as they were as children in 1994.
The previous project 'Family' (1994) is available to view on Margaret Mitchell's profile.