© Sophie-Mai Pamberton, Affection.

We are pleased to present a feature on Sophie-Mai Pemberton, a Cardiff-based photographer who was invited to create an image. The brief resulted in a new image for her ongoing series titled YOU & I.

Pemberton studied a Bachelor of Arts Photography in the Arts at Swansea College of Arts with University of Wales Trinity Saint Davids.  Currently, she is studying a Masters in Contemporary Dialogues Photography at Swansea College of Arts with University of Wales Trinity Saint Davids.

As a photographic artist, Sophie processes an existence through a peculiar eye. As an autistic individual, she explores personal relationships through a documentary narrative. A connection to an individual is an overstimulation of both mind and body. Is the mentality of a partnership worth the risk?

Sophie explores the connections that play a fundamental aspect in building a stable partnership. This narrative is a collection of all the good and the bad that follows a relationship.

© Sophie-Mai Pamberton, Unusual.

My reason for creating the images is to create a new element within my practice. I aim to explore another aspect of personal relationships. As an autistic individual, I struggle with the concept of relationships, the social, mental, and physical as well as the communication that comes with making it work. My partner is a cross-dresser, and as a man, he struggles with the emotional and physical aspects of his body. Through photography, I am documenting our relationship, and how the dynamic of each other’s mentality dictates the rest of the day. These images stand for love, acceptance, respect, and power. 

© Sophie-Mai Pamberton, N.O.T.M.E..

Sophie attempts to see what a reality without complications can look like. This methodology has allowed Sophie to portray the multiple layers within a solitary society, and to explore autism within a new chapter.

Find out more about Sophie-Mai Pemberton here.

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