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Deborah Parkin: Childhood Narratives

Square Magazine presents for your inspiration : Childhood Narratives by Deborah Parkin. Have a read, feel the passion and then submit your own text and Images for a chance to be publish in the Square Magazine Online and in their début hard copy book due to release on 15th December.

I have been working on a project entitled ‘Childhood Narratives’ for a few years now and the images presented here are a sub-category that I call ‘memory’. As the title suggests these are a series of images drawn from my childhood.

At the age of 4 years old my parents divorced acrimoniously which had a profound effect on me. I have used photography as a means of exploring those feelings. Some of the images are drawn from ‘actual’ memory and some are drawn from what I regard as ‘feelings ‘ of memory.

One of my prime aims is to depict the chasm that can exist between a child’s world and that of an adult. As Freud states, we can never look back at childhood as a child, thus a chasm exists. This is something I am particularly interested in as I remember the isolation I felt as a child, particularly at school. This was further embedded due to the fact that I lost my hearing sporadically, thus heightening my isolation from the world.

My work is about exploring these feelings of abandonment, isolation, loneliness, longing, waiting and ultimately disappointment.

I worked in medium format. I used a hasselblad 500c with a 80mm lens. Although I have printed these images in the darkroom, all images online are from scanned negatives.

This entry was kindly provided by Christophe Dillinger of Square Magazine dedicated solely to the square format. It is a quarterly, bilingual French and English Magazine now accepting submission of work, read more about it here.

Or check out another entry from the début issue of Square Magazine in the Analogue Lifestyle Section, “Cécile Schumann, Low-fi Superheroes”

And be sure to check out www.squaremag.org to peruse issue #1 and to find more info as to how to participate. Issue two is due mid July, so be there and be square.

Also see more info about Deborah Parkin at www.deborahparkin.com


  1. discodrew


    How depressing. Is there a happy ending to this story?

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  2. mikahsupageek


    beautiful article and gallery !

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  3. abefleur

    many thanks mikahsupageek for your very kind comment .. I really appreciate it :) And I am really sorry discodrew that you find it depressing .. I can tell you though that there is a very happy ending to this story :) Thanks for stopping by though :)
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  4. stickyvinny


    Wow! This really is beautiful!

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  5. abefleur

    thank so much vinny for your kind words .. they are really appreciated :)
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  7. abefleur

    thank you so much kdm315 :
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