Jane Prior

This body of work was taken over a year period, around the urban area of my children’s school. My work explores identity, the self, the notion of childhood and boundaries. Children in the 21st century are expected to conform, succeed and meet government benchmarks. With the increasing peer pressure, social media and technology, children are growing up fast. As a mother, I am concerned with dependence on technologies, our culturally created facades and how these affect the many transitions of childhood. My identity as a mother is fundamental to my photographic practice, it is a way of exploring relationships and addressing fears.
Photography is about capturing and holding a moment, suspending it in time, encapsulating a sense so that it can be valued and viewed timelessly.
Through photography, I strive to capture the vulnerability and innocence of youth by considering human interaction and social awareness. The formality of the posing evokes a social awkwardness, that preadolescent children have not yet fully resolved. Their underdeveloped sense of self and naivety for the wider context of photography.

My photographic practice focuses on family narrative and it’s role in contemporary visual culture. My work concentrates on my attempts to reconcile my roles as a mother, and a photographer. I have begun to examine and document my responsibilities as a mother of two young boys, whilst also comprehending my position of matriarch within my family. Investigating the notion of the self and identity, my practice centers around the vernacular and domestic functions, exploring motherhood, vulnerability and narrative.