IN SITU: New Photodocumentary Work/ CHOICE, CHANCE OR CIRCUMSTANCE

by Gillian Jones

Inspired by the acronym PANK (Professional Aunt No Kids) this body of work represents a collection of women who are not, and never will be mothers be it by choice, chance or circumstance.

By not photographing the women themselves, or their possessions, I wanted to remove the authority of visual judgement from the viewer, eliminate any opportunity for assumptions as to why they don’t have children, and any possibility of stereotyping based on physical appearance.

Choice, Chance or Circumstance employs evocative visual language as a vehicle for facilitating empathy. The work requires the viewer to position themselves, and their own emotional responses, to interpret the experiences and personal journeys of these women.

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