Photography by Laura Stevens
“For the past two years I have been photographing portraits of young couples living together in Paris, London and Brighton. I looked into their lives to explore how people relate on an intimate level when living side by side, day by day. I entered the homes of couples and asked them to be part of a story, to narrate a moment within two lovers’ lives when the communication falters and the unity separates. I photographed the sadness, the tension, the boredom that can be present in all couples’ lives at some point. I grew up with the illusion that being in love was the ultimate answer. This project was my own quest for understanding and a chance for others to glimpse into hidden worlds that may reflect their own.”
Laura Stevens is currently preparing for a solo show in Latvia, where the “Us Alone” series will be exhibited this August. In order to raise funds to cover her expenses, she is inviting couples to become part of a new story series: Hotel Amour. Laura has rented a hotel room in Paris and is offering one hour private photo shoots for couples – “pick someone you love/lust/tolerate(!),” she says - to create an alternate set of images where romance/love/passion is portrayed. The shoot includes a signed archival print from the shoot, and if you’re unable to make it to Paris on the weekend of July 7/8, she’ll be coming to the UK shortly for off-site shooting. Visit her crowd-funding siteto book your photo-shoot and discover the other beautiful things she has on offer.
Laura Stevens (b.1977, UK) is an English photographer currently living in Paris. Stevens’ work has recently been recognized in a number of awards and her work has been shown in a number of group exhibitions in the UK, France and America.
Her clients and publications include The Times, The Saturday Telegraph, Readers Digest, The British Journal of Photography, Together and Depaul International.