Carolyn Mendelsohn

Being Inbetween


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. 

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ISBN 9781908457592
Colour 250 x 190mm portrait + 168pp


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. It is a complicated and fascinating time; whilst you are being shaped in your soon to be adult form, your opinions and beliefs, hopes and fears, are emerging. There is a beauty to this age, one that is sometimes concealed in attitude, embarrassment and self-consciousness.


Girls between ten and twelve are often marketed to as ‘tweens’ and seen as a group. They become invisible as individuals.Carolyn heard some parents describing the age group as “ungainly”,“awkward” and “growing into their faces”. They are at a vulnerable stage and often hidden within the cocoon of familial protection until they emerge as young women.


The subjects in Being Inbetween were directly connected to the process; After the portrait was taken, Carolyn interviewed them with the same set of questions, and recorded the answers. These are the Inbetween girls; amazing, fearless, fearful, brave, funny, and smart individuals, getting ready to take on the world. 

Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 30 × 24 × 1.5 cm