Lauren Forster, Associate Lecturer in Photography and Lens Based Media, and MA Commercial Photography student has work selected in the Association of Photographers Awards.
Lauren’s work addresses sociological issues and is predominantly concerned with the human condition. She has exhibited work at The New York Photo Festival, The AOP Gallery, The Guardian and Observer Archive and Visitor Centre and The Candid Art’s Trust, as well as being a finalist for both The Observer Hodge Award and The Nikon Discovery award.
The image selected for the Association of Photographers award is taken from a broader documentary based on her mum, and is titled Mum and I in Bed.
I have documented my mum since she was diagnosed with secondary brain cancer in 2016. The images were made during moments of pain, struggle, upset, loneliness and conversations.
My family share a very close bond however this experience has at times put a strain on relationships. The project in its nature is a therapeutic collaboration for us all and shows the intimate moments shared together.
A second image from the series was selected to be part of the Photographers’ Gallery Family Photography Now project, a 40 week project led by The Photographers’ Gallery in collaboration with publisher Thames & Hudson, which aims to dispel the myth of the ‘normal’ family and share the many ways in which a family today can be made up.
Lauren’s work will be exhibited at the Association of Photographers, “Behind the Lens” Festival at the Old Truman Brewery, London from 12 – 16 October and was exhibited at Mother Gallery London between 4th – 28th July.