"Shaun (aged 5) and Ayesha (2) live in a deprived area of Glasgow with their mum Ashleigh, who is 20.
Becoming a mother at 15, Ashleigh has had to grow up alone and fast. She longs to get a job, and has been doing a course to improve her prospects, but childcare costs are prohibitive. Taking on the responsibilities of motherhood at such a young age has meant that she has missed out on being a teenager. Many of her friends abandoned her, preferring instead to socialise. Ashleigh dedicates all of the time and finances she has to her children."
The project originally began as a commission for Save The Children entitled 'Our Lives', a social documentary by five photographers depicting the lives of British children living in poverty. Pannack intends to extend her work by continuing to spend time with Ashleigh and her children.
Laura Pannack is a London based Photographer. She was educated at the University of Brighton and Central Saint Martins College of Art. Her art focuses on social documentary and portraiture, and seeks to explore the complex relationship between subject and photographer.
Her work has been extensively exhibited and published both in the UK and internationally, including at The National Portrait Gallery, The Houses of Parliament, Somerset House, and the Royal Festival Hall in London. She recently exhibited her project Young British Naturists in London to great acclaim.
In 2010 Laura received first prize in the Portrait Singles category of the World Press Photo awards. She has also won and been shortlisted for several other awards including The Sony World Photography Awards, The Magenta Foundation and Lucies IPA. She was recently awarded the Vic Odden Award by The Royal Photographic Society for a notable achievement in photography by a British photographer aged 35 or under.
The featured photographer for December 2012 was Laura Pannack