‘Permissions’, Emma Hardy’s first monograph, is a tender photographic exploration of motherhood and childhood, love, longing and leaving home. The images in the book are distilled from Hardy’s personal archive and span a period of 20 years.
Delicate and overflowing with light, the photographs take us on a journey that is both collective and intimate, exploring the full spectrum of emotions that characterises human relationships. The book is divided into several chapters, each opened by an image of flowers, as a kind of farewell ritual to the house in which they were planted; the sequence, within which moments of family life alternate with idyllic scenes, sees the author’s children move further and further out of the frame as the narrative progresses, ending with them moving out and leaving the house.
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