A finalist series for the Sony World Photography Awards 2019. Having been shortlisted in the student competition of the presitgious awards, I was given the latest Sony digital camera equipment and had to respond to the theme ‘Belong’. This was my response.

We’re told graduating is exciting. A celebratory step towards the future. A bright new beginning.

However for Alice, it presents a lonely prospect; a loss of belonging. For a French student in London, it means leaving four years of life behind. Leaving her boyfriend, leaving best-friends, leaving course-mates, leaving her home, and losing her community. And as we leave the European Union, will she ever belong again? Will it be a final farewell?
One last Adieu?
The project aimed to capture the stages of losing belonging as Alice progresses through final year, mourning her belonging but also mine. Conveying my own anxieties of losing my girlfriend of over three years and leaving the EU.

The series can also be found on the World Photography Organisation’s website here, and their instagram here.

The work received a wide variety of press due to the scale of the competition. From the Daily Mail, to my local newspaper (!), to Creative Boom here.

The series below are shown in order.

Once the series was officially announced in March 2019, the work was then exhibited in Somerset House from April through to May 2019. A few of the photos were shown as can be seen below. It was a great privelege to have my work officially exhibited to such a large audience.
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