The answer to the question is obviously to some extent yes


Written and Photographed by Sophie Lee


Élise by Rebecca Crompton


She has her own story, her own memories and dates to keep.

She exists in her own time and for her own purpose


In a white bed in a white room:

She holds the letters in her right hand.

She was only 9 when she wrote them.

She goes into the house.

It is that house.

Everything has changed but it is the same.

He had the letters in his back pocket.

She wakes up at 8:11 feeling upset.

She reads a book about the Spanish civil war until 9:23

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Man 9: Where will you stay?

Man 9: Will you be coming back?
Élise: I'm not sure yet.
Man 9: Is it something I've done?
Élise: No.
She kisses him on the cheek and leaves.

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She smokes a cigarette by the window.

Man 13: You look French.

She looks over.

She wishes she was alone.

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She enjoys visiting the museum when it is quiet.

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During the composition of this work I was keenly interested in exploring photography's functional capacity to operate a narrative line. Also, in how the medium, at its fundamental operational level, can produce an instantaneous output of reality, and how such reality is subject to issues of representation and interpretation.

By overtly juxtaposing small blocks of text with photographs in context I was further able to explore the relationships between text the written word and text the photograph, exploring ways in which to guide the observer's interpretation. Whilst on their own the photographs may be interpreted as having a loose narrative structure, the deployment of a written accompaniment enhances the subjectivity of individual interpretation by identifying one single strand of interpretation from limitless potentialities of representation.



Sophie Lee is a visual artist currently based in Manchester, UK. Within her work she explores the boundaries of reality and finction. Themes that interest her include escapsim, intimacy, and privacy. She works to build narratives through her photography, installations, and books.