Young Carers

These images are from a project about Young Carers, children under the age of 18 who are often the main carers for a sick parent or sibling. In addition to performing daily household tasks like washing, bathing, cooking and shopping, they also have to manage the additional pressure of school. Because they are different, they are often exposed to bullying from schoolmates and lack a sense of identity as an individual in their own right.

With these portraits, I wanted to empower these young people with a sense of their own identity and normality. I wanted to remove them from their home environment and place them within 'light' and outside spaces. By getting them to dress in something they chose and to be themselves, I think for that moment in time they felt special, grounded and free.

This project was undertaken during a residency supported by Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales.