Having a background in family law, and in particular the law in relation to domestic violence, I have had an ongoing interest in studying this topic photographically, and as a result I approached The Butterfly Foundation in December 2009.
Within the Foundation I discovered an extraordinary group of people who have rebuilt and reshaped their lives through personal strength and courage, and more importantly through the strength that they have found in each other and in their children. The support, love and genuine care that they offer is phenomenal, not only internally, but also to their wider community and society.
Through producing ‘The Butterflies’ I have attempted to create a portrait series which explores the diverse characters of the members of the Foundation. Through revisiting this topic I have also been compelled to address the law in this area from a far more personal perspective, and upon continuing this project I would like to encourage greater understanding and contemplation of the inadequacies of the law in relation to domestic violence and the defence of provocation.
For more information about The Butterfly Foundation please visit their website at www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.uk