Carolyn Lefley

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VIDEO: Carolyn Lefley discusses her photographs from the “Within” series.

VIDEO: Carolyn Lefley discusses her photographs from the “Within” series.

VIDEO: Carolyn Lefley discusses her photographs from the “Within” series.

Photographer Carolyn Lefley grew up in the suburbs of North London. After studying Fine Art at Coventry University she returned to London to complete her MA in Photography at Thames Valley University where she achieved a Distinction. In her early work "Semi-detached" Carolyn explores the familiar architecture of the suburban house with its bay windows and tidy front gardens; symbols of a certain class and affluence.

In her later works, "Belonging" and "Within", Carolyn continues to explore the domestic space but transfers her attention to the doll's house, a child's toy, but also an object enjoyed by adults who play out their fantasies and childhood memories. With a sense of deliberate ambiguity Carolyn introduces a tension as to whether the spaces are real or not. Carefully lit, the rooms act as a stage to which the viewer can bring their own story.

Solo exhibitions included "Belonging" at House Gallery, London 2008 and Drukarnia, Poland, part of the Photomonth in Krakow 2008. Carolyn has also taken part in Group Shows, most recently this year at the Norwich Arts Centre and View Finder Photography Gallery, London and previously at Dray Walk Gallery, London 2006, Waterman's Art Centre, London 2005 and The Foundry, London 2004.

Her work has featured in Flash Forward 2007, with an introduction by Susan Bright, published by the Magenta Foundation, Canada, by whom she was also awarded the Selected Winner (UK) in the Emerging Photographers category. She also appeared in Digital Photographer's Bright Young Things in November 2006.

Other awards include the National Media Museum Photography Bursary 2008 and residences as Visiting Artist at Creative Crypt, London in 2007 and Artist in Residence, Bhaktapur School of Art, Kathmandu University, Nepal, 2005.

Carolyn currently teaches photography at the Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge.