For over a decade, Léonie’s mother, Bron, had found it impossible to empty the boxes that had filled her new home since the collapse of her first marriage. These boxes together with packed plastic bags and accumulated artefacts from her former life were a constant physical reminder of Bron’s long-running battle with OCD.
In 2007, a deal was struck: Léonie would help her mother unpack the boxes and deal with past,. with the tacit understanding that she be allowed to document that process. In the Shadow of Things, a critically acclaimed photobook explores this delicate, troubled and loving relationship between mother and daughter.
Léonie is represented by the Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam. Her work is currently funded by an arts grant from The Wellcome Trust. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Paul Huf Award (2009), the F Award (2008), and the Jerwood Photography Award (2004). Léonie has exhibited internationally at MACRO in Rome, FOAM Museum in Amsterdam and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012.
Select an audio clip below to meet the family and hear their response to the project:
Bron: Mother to Léonie, Domino & Jake. Wife to David
David: Léonie’s step-father. Jake’s father. Bron’s husband
Jake: Bron & David’s son. Léonie & Domino’s half brother
Domino: Bron’s daughter. Léonie’s sister. Jake’s half sister