'Being Inbetween' by Carolyn Mendelsohn is an acclaimed photographic series of portraits with recorded interviews of girls aged between ten and twelve, which explores the complex transition between girlhood and young adulthood.
The work arises from Mendelsohn’s own memories of this age, and the desire to give a voice to this undefinable age-group. Using short interviews and powerful portraits, Mendelsohn reveals each of the girls’ identities, telling us stories about the young women of tomorrow.
“The series is an exploration, a way of giving a voice to the girl I was and the girls who are; a way to explore the hidden complexity, duality and contradictions that mark this phase of life.” Carolyn Mendelsohn
The larger than life prints are exhibited with a soundscape crafted from recorded interviews of the girls and woven into an ambient music track edited and composed by Graham Coatman
“A wonderfully moving show, loved the use of AV alongside these luminous photographs” Rosie Millard - Journalist and Broadcaster
“the underlying power of Being InBetween the sense of unbridled potential and possibility radiating from each image” Michelle Dee - Reviewer
Zelda Cheatle says of the series. “I loved the curiosity and sincerity that Carolyn has shown towards this strange age, neither a child nor a teenager. Her portraits place them as individuals and she has given them a voice too. I was astonished by how composed she had made them, it’s a great skill to relax your sitter and show their best side. Instead of awkwardness, there is grace.”
“Beautifully produced and printed, slightly larger than life and hung at eye level, the individual gaze of each girl never averts, never looks away. These are girls journeying into adulthood, standing here at a precipice and on the point of no return. The portraits, with their quotes of aspirations for lives full of meaning, are full of hope.” Casey Orr.
Being Inbetween the book will be published later this year by Bluecoat Press and is being launched as a kickstarter in May.
Carolyn is the winner of the Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition 159, and Portrait of Britain.http://carolyn-mendelsohn.format.com/