Island Symmetries

Island Symetries begins at a vast wasteland standing between two estates. ‘Tibby’ is a cul de sac of residential houses that curls around a small playground. Kids push prams with their hands high above their heads or zip past on chunky bikes. Trough a narrow alleyway you enter the Cracker, rolling grass lined with blackberries and stinging nettles.

On the adjacent said lies ‘The Lost City Estate’, where most of the boys meet at Jack Barrett’s Bar (a mental fence that lies to the opening of the field). They perch and exchange stories, cigarettes, and zoots alight referring to each other affectionately as ‘Mush’.

Laura Pannack


Laura Pannack is a London based photographer. Renowned for her portraiture and social documentary work, she seeks to explore the complex relationship between subject and photographer. Her work has been extensively exhibited and published worldwide, including at The National Portrait Gallery, The Houses of Parliament, Somerset House and the Royal Festival Hall in London. Her artwork has received much acclaim and won numerous awards, among which are the John Kobal Award , Vic Odden prize, World Photo Press Awards, Juliet Margaret Cameron award and the HSBC Prix de la Photographie prize. 

Driven by research-led, self-initiated projects, Pannack seeks to fully understand the lives of those she captures on film in order to portray them as truthfully as possible.  Perceiving “time, trust and understanding” to be the key elements to achieving this, many of her projects develop over several years, helping her achieve a genuine connection between herself and her sitter and allowing her to capture the intimacy, shared ideas and shared experiences of this relationship.