Madeleine Waller

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The relationship between a mother and her adolescent daughter can be incredibly intense, loving and at times conflicted. During adolescence, there is a longing for girls to differentiate themselves from their mothers, while desperately trying to live up to their mothers’ expectation. They tend to want freedom from family and to spend time with friends. They are desperate to grow up and be independent but also have a need to know their mother is still connected, and hasn’t entirely pulled away. Mothers of adolescent daughters are often undergoing their own life changes in parallel to their daughters. This series of portraits sets out to express the intensity of love and the push pull of separation and attachment that is experienced by mothers and daughters during this time.

The relationship between a mother and her adolescent daughter can be incredibly intense, loving and at times conflicted. During adolescence, there is a longing for girls to differentiate themselves from their mothers, while desperately trying to live up to their mothers’ expectation. They tend to want freedom from family and to spend time with friends. They are desperate to grow up and be independent but also have a need to know their mother is still connected, and hasn’t entirely pulled away. Mothers of adolescent daughters are often undergoing their own life changes in parallel to their daughters. This series of portraits sets out to express the intensity of love and the push pull of separation and attachment that is experienced by mothers and daughters during this time.

The relationship between a mother and her adolescent daughter can be incredibly intense, loving and at times conflicted. During adolescence, there is a longing for girls to differentiate themselves from their mothers, while desperately trying to live up to their mothers’ expectation. They tend to want freedom from family and to spend time with friends. They are desperate to grow up and be independent but also have a need to know their mother is still connected, and hasn’t entirely pulled away. Mothers of adolescent daughters are often undergoing their own life changes in parallel to their daughters. This series of portraits sets out to express the intensity of love and the push pull of separation and attachment that is experienced by mothers and daughters during this time.

The relationship between a mother and her adolescent daughter can be incredibly intense, loving and at times conflicted. During adolescence, there is a longing for girls to differentiate themselves from their mothers, while desperately trying to live up to their mothers’ expectation. They tend to want freedom from family and to spend time with friends. They are desperate to grow up and be independent but also have a need to know their mother is still connected, and hasn’t entirely pulled away. Mothers of adolescent daughters are often undergoing their own life changes in parallel to their daughters. This series of portraits sets out to express the intensity of love and the push pull of separation and attachment that is experienced by mothers and daughters during this time.

A Portrait of Harrow School, one of the UK's elite all boys, all boarding schools.

A Portrait of Harrow School, one of the UK's elite all boys, all boarding schools.

A Portrait of Harrow School, one of the UK's elite all boys, all boarding schools.

Series of Portraits taken as part of Residency at Swedenborg Society London

Series of Portraits taken as part of Residency at Swedenborg Society London

Portraits of Poets. Exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and now part of their permanent collection

Portraits of Poets. Exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and now part of their permanent collection

A set of portraits of swimmers at London Fields Lido. I was fascinated by how different people look in their swimming costume to how they appear once out of the pool and dressed.

A set of portraits of swimmers at London Fields Lido. I was fascinated by how different people look in their swimming costume to how they appear once out of the pool and dressed.

Sister Brother - "I always like being on top but losing can be fun sometimes." Sibling Relationships are often our most long-lasting with the potential to influence us throughout the course of our life, yet they are rarely given the same attention as those between parents and children. Being a sibling means being one in a series and our identities are often constructed in terms of how we are similar or different to our siblings." Katherine Davies

Sister Brother - "I never let Jake Win" "Sibling Relationships are often our most long-lasting with the potential to influence us throughout the course of our life, yet they are rarely given the same attention as those between parents and children. Being a sibling means being one in a series and our identities are often constructed in terms of how we are similar or different to our siblings." Katherine Davies

Sister Brother - "My role is being charming and making my sisters laugh" "Sibling Relationships are often our most long-lasting with the potential to influence us throughout the course of our life, yet they are rarely given the same attention as those between parents and children. Being a sibling means being one in a series and our identities are often constructed in terms of how we are similar or different to our siblings." Katherine Davies

Sister Brother - "I keep an eye on my younger sister and make sure she is safe. I am the sporty one". "Sibling Relationships are often our most long-lasting with the potential to influence us throughout the course of our life, yet they are rarely given the same attention as those between parents and children. Being a sibling means being one in a series and our identities are often constructed in terms of how we are similar or different to our siblings." Katherine Davies

Sister Brother -"I'm the baby, I'm younger than then but I do stuff myself" "Sibling Relationships are often our most long-lasting with the potential to influence us throughout the course of our life, yet they are rarely given the same attention as those between parents and children. Being a sibling means being one in a series and our identities are often constructed in terms of how we are similar or different to our siblings." Katherine Davies

Sister Brother - "A sibling is like a salad, sometimes you love it, sometimes you hate, but it is always good for you." "Sibling Relationships are often our most long-lasting with the potential to influence us throughout the course of our life, yet they are rarely given the same attention as those between parents and children. Being a sibling means being one in a series and our identities are often constructed in terms of how we are similar or different to our siblings." Katherine Davis

Sister Brother - "I'm the older brother in the relationship, so basically Lim ends up enjoying the things I do, which is quite cool because we end up liking the same things." "Sibling Relationships are often our most long-lasting with the potential to influence us throughout the course of our life, yet they are rarely given the same attention as those between parents and children. Being a sibling means being one in a series and our identities are often constructed in terms of how we are similar or different to our siblings." Katherine Davis

Madeleine Waller

Madeleine is a social documentary photographer; her work focuses on identity and transition and examines the complex relationships between human beings and the environments they inhabit.   

She uses natural light whenever possible and minimal equipment in an attempt to draw out the in-depth and noteworthy in everyday life and to capture a sense of atmosphere, a sense of place and the individuals within it.      

Originally from Australia, Madeleine has been living in London since 1987.

After completing a photo-journalism course at the London College of Printing, Madeleine started her photographic career working for newspapers and magazines on a broad range of assignments from reportage to features. She has chosen to concentrate mainly on portraiture developing her own photographic identity.

A selection of her Portraits of Poets is included in the National Portrait Gallery’s  Permanent Collection.

Her series of portraits about sibling identity was exhibited at the V&A Museum of Childhood in 2018.

Clients have included several national UK publications.

Madeleine has worked extensively in schools as an art educator delivering a wide range of collaborative creative photography projects.

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