This is a portrait of a loose social group in a pocket of rural England. The couples included in the work had only one married partner and are all long-term residents of the county of Norfolk. They were sourced from my father’s address book, and he is the pivot of the group. Following the death of my mother in 1994, through illness, my father remarried in 2000, and his circumstance was the initial inspiration for the project. (Final image: Tom Elwes with his 2nd wife Elizabeth)
Above all the series is a celebration of the couple’s strength and commitment over time as well as being a depiction of lived experiences of individuals together. It is also a testimony to elements of social tradition in England; the couple’s situations show constancy despite the fast social and political change that England has experienced since the end of WWII.
Analogue Photographic C-Type Prints
Fuji Crystal Archive Paper
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