In September 2009, Sue Miles, was diagnosed with lung cancer and a brain tumour. While her daughter, photographer Celine Marchbank, was trying to come to terms with the fact she was dying, she decided to document the time her mother had left. Celine didn’t want to create a graphic portrayal of her mother’s death, but rather chose to photograph her last few months in her Camden home, looking at the things that made her uniquely her; the details of the house she knew so well and the things she realised would also be gone when her mother was. Her mother’s love of flowers was a beautiful part of her personality; the house was always full of them, and as she photographed them she realised they were symbolic of what was happening – they represented happiness, love, kindness and generosity, but also isolation, decay, and finally death.
The final project, Tulip; named after her mothers favourite flower, has been exhibited around the UK and internationally, and has been nominated for a variety of awards including the European Publishers Award and the Deutsche Bank Awards in 2011. It’s also been featured in a range of magazines, including a main feature in The Telegraph Magazine.
Celine is launching her first Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to publish the project into a book. If the funding target is reached, a beautiful hardback book will be published by Dewi Lewis Publishing. The company is recognised as one of the leading photographic publishers in the world. The aim is to publish the book in early 2016.
Supporters can see the Kickstarter page here
Campaign runs till 13th November 3pm.