Being Inbetween by Carolyn Mendelsohn


Being Inbetween is a series of over 90 photographic portraits of girls aged between ten and twelve, exploring the complex transition between childhood and young adulthood. Featuring a forward by Zelda Cheatle and an essay by Anne McNeill.


Carolyn’s experiences got her thinking about the ‘Being Inbetween’ age where one is so vulnerable to little comments, the mind so impressionable and that feeling of self-consciousness which suddenly descends from nowhere. She remembers thinking deeply about the world she lived in; those hopes and fears shaping the adult she was to become.


This is her starting point to the series – an exploration, a way of giving a voice to the girls who are at this special time in their lives; a way to explore the hidden complexity, duality and contradictions that mark it.


Girls between ten and twelve are often marketed to as ‘tweens’ and seen as a group. They become invisible as individuals.

After the portraits were taken Carolyn interviewed them all with the same set of questions and recorded their answers.

These are the inbetween girls; amazing, fearless, fearful, brave, funny, and smart individuals, getting ready to take on the world.


Supported by Impressions Gallery.


19 cm x 25 cm

168 pages


Published by Bluecoat Press

IISBN 9781908457592

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