‘Mirror — Untitled’ (2015)
‘Mirror — Untitled’ (2015)

Hannah Starkey’s new urban landscapes often contain female figures, but she rarely captures them interacting. Instead her photographs portray moments of lonely contemplation, the subjects absorbed in private reverie, staring into space, at a wall or another woman, or at themselves in a mirror — as in the photograph above, Mirror — Untitled (2015), which was taken in east London and features in an exhibition of her work at Maureen Paley.

Starkey was born in Belfast and has worked in commercial photography as well as the fine arts. Her interest in street photography is inspired by the 19th-century concept of the person who strolls around to observe society, the flâneur — or, rather, the flâneuse. Almost all of her subjects are women and she has described her work as “explorations of everyday experiences and observations of inner city life from a female perspective”.

‘Hannah Starkey’ is at Maureen Paley, London E2, until January 24 2016; maureenpaley.com

Photograph: Hannah Starkey

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